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OMV Petrom launches a new edition of the dual vocational education program Oilmen’s School

  • Company to grant scholarships in total amount of EUR 300,000
  • Entries can be made between June 29 and July 3, 2020
  • 84 places for well operator specialization are available in three partner high schools

OMV Petrom launches a new edition of the vocational educational program Oilmen‘s School. This is the first series of the program carried out in the dual system, by establishing three classes specializing in Well Operator in three partner high schools: “Astra Pitești” Technical High School, “Grigore Cobălcescu” Technical High School of Moinești and the “Voievodul Mircea” Technical High School of Târgoviște. Therefore, students seeking to specialize in this field may apply until July 3 for one of the 84 available places.

Christina Verchere, CEO of OMV Petrom: “At OMV Petrom, we strongly believe in the fundamental role that education has in our lives and in the development of society and, therefore, education is one of the pillars on which we have built our social involvement. In the last five years, OMV Petrom focused on development of vocational education and invested more than EUR 3.5 mn for this purpose in Romania. This year we are launching the third edition of the Oilmen’s School program and I invite the young people interested in the field of energy to apply. It is both a responsibility and a pleasure to carry forward this longstanding craft.”

The Oilmen’s School in dual-system addresses the graduates and future graduates of eight grades under 26 years old on September 1, 2020. 

Once admitted into the program, the future oilmen will benefit from technical training for the specialization of well operator, from learning materials with updated technologies and from internship within OMV Petrom. Moreover, OMV Petrom will equip the laboratories of the three technical high schools so that students should have access to a modern and applied educational base.

During their training period, students will benefit from a scholarship in amount of RON 200 granted by the Romanian state and an additional scholarship granted by OMV Petrom, of up to RON 700 per month based on the performance at school. After completing the three years of vocational education, the students will have earned a professional certification valid all over Europe, and will have the opportunity to become OMV Petrom employees.

Up to now, the Oilmen’s School trained two generations of qualified technicians for well operator and gas extraction, transport, treatment and distribution operator, and supported the refurbishment of classrooms in partner high schools, as well as the equipping of laboratories with modern technologies and equipment. Moreover, in cooperation with the Ministry of Education and Scientific Research, OMV Petrom developed an updated curriculum to support the teachers and students. 

Sixty-five former students of the Oilmen’s School are currently employees of OMV Petrom.

You can find more information about the Oilmen’s School on The calendar of applications for vocational education entry submission is available on the website of the Ministry of Education and Scientific Research( This activity contributes to SDG 4: Quality education.