Amur Ship Repair Yard Fights Workforce Shortage
Amur Ship Repair introduced a new human resources policy aimed at the attraction of young professionals. From the 1990s the industrial careers have lost their appeal to the youth with an average age of employees approaching 50 years, therefore, the training and support of promising young professionals became one of the priorities for the yard and all other companies of Far Eastern Shipbuilding and Ship Repair Center.
For the last few years Amur Ship Repair Yard has been holding the workmanship contests The Best Young Professional. For instance, the purpose of the Best Young Design Engineer (Technologist) contest is to promote engineering career, nurture professional skills, and motivate young professionals to increase labor productivity and production efficiency.
Veronica Kozhevnikova has been working for Amur Ship Repair Yard as a design engineer of the fiberglass structural bureau since July 2011. She won the yard’s contest The Best Young Professional within the Best Young Design Engineer category and became an entrant of the first stage of an annual scientific and technical contest of the young scientists and professionals of the USC Group’s companies.
In the current year 2012 Veronica has become an award winner of the annual scientific and technical contest of the young scientists and professionals of the USC Group’s companies (the New Solutions to the Traditional Shipbuilding Tasks section), an entrant of the 2012 Seliger youth innovation forum, an entrant of the second academic and research conference for young scientists and professionals Research and Advanced Development in Machine Manufacturing that was held at Komsomolsk-on-Amur Aircraft Production Association.
“Scientific work is interesting. It does not “dry up” your life but makes it more meaningful instead,” Veronica Kozhevnikova said. “Not in every contest can I successfully perform or present my work. I would not say that my self-concept vastly changes depending on the results. It is important for me that I’ve learnt to deliver messages confidently to a quite large audience and that I can seize its attention with my thoughts. Once it was that, following my speech at the conference, I got two job proposals right off (I won’t tell you where) but I refused and never regretted that I had chosen shipbuilding.”
To draw young professionals to participate in the current construction projects and also to nurture a new generation of Amur shipbuilders, the human resources office is, step by step, building up a new employee relationship system designed to rehabilitate a damaged image of the national shipbuilding and to raise the prestige of its core occupations. Amur Ship Repair Yard has an active and vibrant Youth Committee that helps provide conditions for the attraction, orientation and retention of the yard’s young staff; the yard laid foundation for cooperation with the local field-specific vocational school No. 8, and the Talents Pool project is being carried out where a promising employee of a JSC FESRC’s company, from labor to management, can be included into the Talents Pool and receive education at the company’s expense.