Tatarstan government, ChelPipe sign agreement to cooperate on College of the Future Tatarstan project

14.02.2013



Tatarstan and ChelPipe have entered into an agreement to cooperate on the College of the Future Tatarstan project. The document was signed today, at an enlarged board meeting of Tatarstan’s Ministry of Economy and Ministry of Industry and Trade, chaired by President Rustam Minnikhanov.

Tatarstan government, ChelPipe sign agreement to cooperate on College of the Future Tatarstan project

Tatarstan government, ChelPipe sign agreement to cooperate on College of the Future Tatarstan project

The social and educational project will be implemented on the premises of the Almetyevsk-based Alnas company, which is part of Rimera Group, ChelPipe’s oilfield service division. The agreement is aimed at promoting vocational education in Tatarstan, improving the infrastructure, and creating resources for delivery of educational objectives. The parties will also join efforts to develop the industrial workforce and provide conditions for efficient training of highly skilled professionals for Tatarstan’s industrial companies.
The College of the Future Tatarstan project began at Almetyevsk Vocational College in 2012. Two classes with a total of 50 students have been enrolled in machine tool operation and electrical equipment maintenance courses. Alnas and ChePipe started paying top students personal scholarships in January 2013. The first phase of college construction is nearing completion on the premises of the Almetyevsk manufacturing company. The phase comprises renovation of premises that will house classrooms, computer rooms and a modern laboratory.
Investment in the first phase of construction and outfitting is estimated at more than RUB 100 mln. The total investment is estimated at RUB 930 mln.
Students at the Alnas training center will learn under all-new conditions: 60 percent of the academic process will consist of hands-on training on key production sites. Students will be able to master further occupations during lectures and hands-on classes.
The long-term objectives of the College of the Future Tatarstan project are to attract and secure blue-collar workers at the region’s companies, increase the attractiveness of blue-collar occupations, update measures aimed at onboarding young workers and professionals, and increase the annual capacity of the school to 750 students. This would help provide other companies of Tatarstan besides Alnas with highly skilled blue-collar workers capable of serving several manufacturing process using high-technology equipment.
“If the private sector plans for the future, they should make sure they know who will work for their companies tomorrow. Vocational schools cannot exist separately from the industry. The creation of the training center directly at Alnas and ChelPipe’s investment in training of a highly-skilled workforce for our companies are both very important,” Tatarstan President Rustam Minnikhanov said at the board meeting.
“The construction of the training center on the premises of Alnas in Tatarstan is part of ChelPipe’s continued efforts to form and develop an up-to-date vocational training system in Russia. The effectiveness of projects like this directly depends on how constructive the dialog between the private sector and the government will be, and on conditions created in the region for such a social partnership. The support to our initiative from the President and the Government of the Republic are a real testament to the fact that the system of cooperation between the private sector and the government on the territory of Tatarstan functions efficiently and is aimed at delivering objectives of nationwide importance, be it increasing industrial productivity or training a highly skilled workforce that can provide that level of productivity,” Alexander Fedorov, chairman of the ChelPipe Board of Directors, commented on the signing of the agreement.
Signed in Kazan, the agreement is effective through 2017.
The Agency for Strategic Initiatives Supervisory Board, led by Russian President Vladimir Putin, gave the green light to the project on November 21, 2012.

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