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Latvenergo Group is a vertically integrated power supply utility operating in electricity and thermal energy generation and supply, electricity distribution services and lease of transmission system assets. Latvenergo Group comprises the parent company Latvenergo AS and six subsidiaries.
Latvenergo Group is one of the leaders in the implementation of CSR principles in the Baltics. 2016 was the fourth year in a row when Latvenergo AS received the Platinum (highest) category from the Sustainability Index of Latvia, which assesses the sustainability of companies in all aspects of corporate social responsibility.
In order to support the best CSR practice and promote the increase of social welfare, one of the directions of CSR activities is education and science. Facilitating development of science and education in the energy sector, the following tasks are being implemented:
Latvenergo Group cooperates closely with the three leading universities of Latvia - the University of Latvia, Riga Technical University and Latvia University of Agriculture both in the field of scientific research and professional development by providing support to academic research projects and improving the theoretical and practical knowledge of future engineers. The cooperation with universities includes also financial support to upgrading of laboratories, providing lectures on actual topics. Latvenergo Group also plays an active role in providing high quality apprenticeships for VET students.
Latvenergo Group has been running traineeship and apprenticeship programme since 2007. In 2014, the Group revised the program and established clear quality standards for training as well as strict criteria for the mentors and trainers, and for students of universities, as well as VET institutions. The traineeship and apprenticeship programme is aimed at:
The updated programme pays great attention to educating mentors and trainers to improve their skills to work with young people in order to raise their interest in the engineering professions and in the industry. The trainers are the key factor to the success of the program.
Every year Latvenergo AS and its subsidiary Sadales tīkls AS provide traineeship and apprenticeship vacancies for more than 200 students, however, only about 70% of the planned vacancies are filled. In 2016, Latvenergo Group provided paid apprenticeship opportunities for 145 students.
The aim is to increase the number of apprentices offering a great standard and qualified learning experience that will contribute to the future careers of young people and encourage them to choose the electricity and thermal energy sector as their future workplace.
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