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Increasing the staff
Increasing the staff


Vilnohirsk Mining and Metallurgical Plant is creating a reserve of drivers. This time, nine BelAZ drivers took the training course at the company's expense.
Mining production is impossible without the professionals, who confidently drive heavy machinery. In the past two years, the United Mining and Chemical Company has purchased quite a few of those for its subsidiaries, having spent the total of UAH 225 million. Transport pool of specialized vehicles is increasing, creating a shortage of professionals that drive and service it. In order to have own young professionals, HR development department has undertaken to train and retrain the employees.
Two-month courses on training the drivers of the vehicles operating in the open pit mines to drive BelAZ dump trucks finished at the VMMP just a few days ago. Nine students successfully passed the exams with some of them already working at the mining and transportation department, while others were put on the reserve list.
Shifting away from traditions, not only employees of the plant, but also residents of the city could apply for the courses. One of them, Denys Fadeyev, a student of Vilnohirsk College of the National Metallurgical Academy of Ukraine, commented on his choice of attending the BelAZ driving lessons: “My friend, who is working at the VMMP told me about this course. Since I am very interested in everything that has to do with big vehicles, I applied to the HR development department right away.”
Denys' father worked as BelAZ driver at the plant for a long time and the young man plans to continue the labor dynasty after graduating this summer. “It is honorary to work at the Vilnohirsk Mining and Metallurgical Plant,” believes Denys.
Vilnohirsk plant pays special attention to the improvement of qualification of its employees and formation of the so-called 'reserve' staff. In 2018, the company spent nearly half a million hryvnia for training 211 people; 616 people took re-training courses and 1,585 improved their qualification. There is a program The Future of the Plant at the VMMP, where 12 employees of the subsidiary are obtaining their education. The expenses for this area will exceed UAH 60,000 in 2018-2019.
“I believe that the majority of industrial enterprises are experiencing staff issues. The reason for that is that the neighboring European countries motivate our blue-collar workers with high, by Ukrainian standards, minimum wages. However, we should not subject the production to ‘staff hunger’, which is why personnel training is a priority both at Vilnohirsk and Irshansk subsidiaries,” says Oleksandr Gladushko, Acting Chairman of the Board of JSC UMCC.