Students and schoolchildren
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NLMK has partnered with 72 general educational institutions of the region. In the 2020 academic year, NLMK instituted an NLMK Class on the basis of the Evrika (Eureka) Physics and Mathematics School. Thanks to the Common Education Space, mixed groups of all interested undergraduates can be set up in Lipetsk. At the beginning of each academic year, undergraduates can enroll to the programme funded by NLMK.
The centres of technical creativity open the way for students to explore various professions and activities, participate in scientific and educational research work. NLMK cooperates with the Novolipetsky Centre for Technical Creativity, the Quantorium Children's Science Park, the Lipetsk Regional Centre for Additional Education, the Strategy Centre for Gifted Children, and the IT-CUBE Centre for Digital Education for Children. Novolipetsky Centre offers classes in shipbuilding, air and railway modelling, robotics, electronics, and electrical engineering. Children practice milling and turning on CNC machines, and prototyping.
Since 2017, NLMK has been implementing joint projects with the Strategy Centre and the Quantorium Science Park. High school students can explore steelmaking during the so-called metallurgical sessions organized by the NLMK Materials Science Laboratory. Schoolchildren participate in career guidance trainings, workshops by leading university professors, conduct laboratory work, and submit their projects for expert review at the end of the session.
NLMK provides expert support to the municipal and regional stages of the Russian National Competition of Schoolchildren Design Works in the company’s priority areas.
The Company regularly organized visits to the NLMK museum and the plant’s units for local residents. The Lipetsk Polytechnic Technical School, the Lipetsk Metallurgical College, and the Lipetsk State Technical University, NLMK's basic educational institutions, hold regular Doors Open Days for school students.
NLMK runs educational projects for schoolchildren. Every year, ninth-graders can enroll to the School of Professional Skills. Schoolchildren have the opportunity to get acquainted with the Lipetsk Metallurgical College (LMC) and the Lipetsk Polytechnic Technical School (LPT), NLMK’s basic educational organizations. Those who have successfully completed their studies and entered the LMC and LPT have the opportunity to get a bonus scholarship during the first semester of their studies.
A similar opportunity is also offered to ninth-graders who have completed the Metallurgy for the Curious course at the Novolipetsk Center for Technical Creativity; enrolment to these programmes opens at the beginning of a school year.
NLMK enables high school students to be trained in working professions most popular in the company. The first school to offer such experience was Technological School No. 27, where schoolchildren learned about various professions in steelmaking. The school also kicked off training for technician and controller in the production of ferrous metals.
In its NLMK Career Guidance community on VKontakte social network, the company not only shares news with its subscribers, but also holds exciting contests and giveaways with prizes from NLMK.
The programme of additional on-the-job training for LSTU students aims to develop in-depth professional knowledge and skills and get students used to this kind of work. Specialists and plant managers participate in classes at production units. During the training, the programme participants receive a study allowance from the company. Each of them is guaranteed future employment at NLMK.
The Steel Opportunities Academy is a student internship programme. Participants get grant payments, which increase as they move to each next stage; the company also pays for their accommodation. Finalists are offered guaranteed employment. The Academy is designed for students of junior and senior years, majoring in priority areas for the company and ready to develop in the steel industry.
The programme helps its participants to master professional competencies and solve real production tasks, participate in project activities, adapt to the company's working conditions and find a job at NLMK Group companies.
The duration of the programme is 18 months. The programme has three stages: an online deep-dive course about the company when students get ready for an offline on-the-job training, an offline on-the-job training in the main production units, and a mixed format with online/offline participation in project working groups.
NLMK awards personal grants to the top 30 LSTU students every year. NLMK organizes plant visits and meetings with the company executives and professional trainings for them; students are invited to NLMK conferences and employee competitions.
NLMK also awards grants in addition to the scholarship paid by the educational organization to the best students of the LSTU Metallurgical Institute, the Lipetsk Metallurgical College, and the Lipetsk Polytechnic Technical School.
The company’s ReSOLVE corporate championship targets students. Its agenda is to teach young people to understand real business processes, to apply in practice the theoretical knowledge gained at the university, to learn new things, to work in a team, to structure their ideas, and convey them correctly.
Not so long ago a new tradition of Worker Initiation was introduced in the company. The initiation includes a sightseeing tour of the plant’s main shops and a quest game for professional mastery. The company plans to roll out the practice at all NLMK Group sites.
The company offers the following bonuses:
- When graduates are employed no later than two months from the date of issuance of the diploma, they receive one minimum wage at employment (if they had their internship at NLMK), another minimum wage after one year of work, and 1.5 minimum wages after two and three years of work.
- Graduates who previously worked at NLMK and left due to being drafted in the army receive: RUB 500 at the conclusion of an employment contract no later than one year after the date of dismissal from the army; One minimum wage and another minimum wage after one year of work if they conclude an employment contract no later than two months from the date of dismissal from the army.
- Newly hired graduates within two months after dismissal from the army receive RUB 500 at employment and one minimum wage after one year of work.
- An additional bonus is provided for those who wish to be employed in machine tool professions (turner, milling machine operator, etc.), electrical professions (electrician etc.), as bulldozer drivers, and cars and railway transport service technicians. They will receive one minimum wage at employment and one minimum wage after one year of work in the profession.