Sunday 20 August 2017

Power company under fire for hosting bikini competition to hire female intern

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Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

A power plant in the Czech Republic has come under fire for holding a bikini contest to hire a new female intern.

Dboule Temelin Nuclear Power Station, located in the south West of the country, has apologised for the competition which was advertised online.

The company posted 10 images of high school graduates dressed in swimsuits and posing in the Temlin nuclear power plants’ cooling tower.

People were asked to vote for the most attractive who would go on to secure the internship.

Infocentrum JE Temelín CEZ/Facebook
Infocentrum JE Temelín CEZ/Facebook

The young woman with the most votes was to be titled "Bouncer of Energy" and given the opportunity to spend two weeks with the company.

The competition has sparked outrage and Temelin chiefs have apologised for hosting the comeptition.

A spokesperson for CEZ told The UK Independent that the company offered around 900 internships and excursions for students every year.

"Most of them are organised for the high schools and universities that are members of our partnership program," they said. "Some of the internships/excursions are however customarily offered for the winners of competitions either organised by CEZ or by the third parties.

"In these cases[we] promote specific issues (mainly corporate social responsibility). In this case the participants of the Czech beauty contest Maturantka Roku, translated as the Graduate of the Year were photographed in the environment of the Temelin power plant.

"The fans on the Facebook page of the Information Centre Temelin could cast a vote on the Facebook page and choose a girl that would receive a short internship according to her preferences - if she plans to study journalism, she would do the internship in the press office, if she plans to study economy, she might do it in the economy department.

"The voting was possible only for a brief period of time – around one day – and then we stopped it. We haven’t announced any winner and we apologised."

The company later stated on its Facebook page that all 10 finalists were offered the internship.

"The purpose of the competition was to promote technical education," it said. "But if the original vision raised doubts or concerts, we are very sorry.

One social media user described the competition as "degrading, disgusting and primitive".

Additional reporting by Independent News Service

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