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About one hundred students of specialized universities of the country will take part in practical training this year at Polymetal's enterprises in the Khabarovsk Territory.
In the summer, the ranks of the large mining companies are filled with energetic interns. Students of specialized universities from all over the country travel to various production areas, sometimes the most difficult to access, in order to gain real experience and test the acquired academic knowledge in the “fields”.
For almost a month now, students have been working at the enterprises of Polymetal in the Khabarovsk Territory - these are the Amur Hydrometallurgical Plant (Amur Region), Albazino Resources (Polina Osipenko District) and Svetloye (Okhotsk District). In total, about a hundred students from universities in different cities of the country went to practice this year - almost twice as many as in the previous year.
Geography is also impressive. The Khabarovsk Territory is represented by students of KnASU from Komsomolsk-on-Amur and PNU from Khabarovsk. In addition, future young specialists came from St. Petersburg (SPGU), Moscow (MGRI), Irkutsk (IRNITU), Krasnoyarsk (SFU), Tomsk (TPU), Tver (Tver State Technical University), Vladivostok (FEFU). Everyone has different profiles, among them - geology, ecology, chemical technologies, industrial and civil construction, power engineering, metallurgy of non-ferrous, rare and noble metals, underground mining and others.
Already in September of this year, KnAGU will begin training students in a new profile: "Technologies for the processing of minerals and the extraction of precious metals", which was developed by the university jointly with the company "Polymetal". Specialists will learn how to organize production for processing and beneficiation of minerals, maintain technological and technical documentation, as well as control the technological process. Graduates will be in demand at Polymetal's enterprises in the Far Eastern Federal District.Polymetal, as a potential employer, is favored by the attractive conditions that the company offers to interns. Each trainee is officially employed, the company signs the corresponding contract. After that, students become full-fledged employees for the period of practice. They receive a monthly salary.
Newcomers are assigned experienced mentors who help them quickly adapt to the team and work process.
The local mine surveyor "Resursov Albazino" Alexander Panchenko has been a mentor for student trainees for several years
“It is not the first year that I have been a mentor for students,” said the district mine surveyor of Resursov Albazino, a young and experienced specialist Alexander Panchenko. “During practice, interns perform almost all the same tasks as regular local surveyors. They study the directions of mine workings in the subway, conduct surveys, use scanning laser equipment. My advice to future specialists is to be active, not to be afraid and ask interesting questions. The mentor will help you in everything - not only tell the theory, but most importantly, share practical wholesale.
Svetlana Lepekhina, a third-year student of KnASU, who is studying in the direction of "Mechatronics and Robotics", shares her impressions. For the period of practice, the future young specialist works as an electrical fitter of the second category at the Amur Hydrometallurgical Plant.
Svetlana decided to try her hand at real production at Polymetal
- I had two options for practical training. You could stay at your home university or go to the Polymetal enterprise. I decided to try my hand at real production, to study it, as they say, from the inside. In addition, perhaps, it is during the practice that I will decide on the topic of my future diploma. In the future, I am considering the possibility of continuing to work in the company, - said Svetlana.
Students from other regions are paid travel to the place of practice and back. In addition, comfortable living conditions in hostels or apartments are provided. In the shift camps, trainees are provided with three free meals a day. The sites also have the opportunity to visit gyms and other recreational facilities - billiard rooms, game rooms, libraries, etc. Great attention is paid to the safety of trainees. They undergo compulsory instructions. In production, all trainees are provided with overalls and personal protective equipment.
- When we arrived at Albazino Resources, first of all I was surprised by the rotational camp, how everything is arranged here - comfortable hostels, a spacious dining room, a large gym and even a billiard room, a library. I have never seen such a scale. It can be seen immediately that Polymetal pays special attention to the living and working conditions of its employees, - noted Alexander Dolkan, a graduate student of the FEFU specializing in mining.
By the way, Alexander has an interesting story of how he got to practice - in June this year, as part of a team of students, he took part in the final of the Polymetal research and production conference. Along with the young specialists of the company, Alexander was solving a difficult but interesting production case. As a result, the management received an offer to undergo pre-diploma practice at the Polymetal enterprise in the Khabarovsk Territory, and later, after graduating from the university, to find a job. Alexander Dolkan took advantage of this opportunity without hesitation.
At the enterprises of Polymetal in the Khabarovsk Territory, they try to ensure that trainees have not only a rich professional life, but also interesting leisure. For example, there is a youth council at the Amur Hydrometallurgical Plant, whose activists involve students in a variety of corporate quests, quizzes, sports events and volunteerism.
- Working with students is one of the key areas of our work. Young people have the opportunity to get to know the company, and we have an opportunity to evaluate potential employees in the case. From year to year, the percentage of employed students is growing, on average, about 45% of the total number of students we employ at enterprises, - said Pavel Zhukovets, Deputy Director of the Khabarovsk branch of Polymetal for personnel.
He also added that throughout the year the Khabarovsk branch of Polymetal closely interacts with specialized educational organizations, with which relevant agreements have been concluded. Employees of the company participate in various career guidance events - job fairs, meetings with students.
Industrial practice is only the first step that future young specialists must go through on the way to serious work. For young people, there are many opportunities for career growth and development in the company. These are research and production conferences, professional skills and innovation contests, various refresher courses and management trainings.
In addition to specialized universities, Polymetal also cooperates with technical secondary specialized educational institutions. Active work is underway with the Amur Polytechnic College. There they conduct training in working specialties - a locksmith, an electrician, an electric and gas welder. In 2018, a new specialty "Technology of analytical control and chemical compounds" was introduced into the training program. It provides an opportunity to get a working profession - a hydrometallurgist. In addition, in 2021 it is planned to introduce another specialty: a spectral analysis laboratory assistant. And in the Soviet-Gavan Industrial and Technological College from 2022, it is planned to begin recruiting applicants by profession as an apparatus operator-hydrometallurgist. Graduates of this direction will be in demand in the metallurgical industry, including at the enterprises of the Polymetal company.