Orica building personnel reserve with students of Mining University
Four students of the Mining University are now winners of a selection contest for Orica’s Young Professional programme. In the two following years they will be doing internships at different divisions of the Australian corporation, a world leader in producing explosives.
The first item on the agenda for the working visit of ZAO Orica CIS was to take part in the International Workshop on Innovative technology for blasting operations held in the scientific training centre established under the cooperation agreement between the corporation and the University. Its design and modelling class and a dedicated blasting technology and safety classroom are intended for student training and research as well as for advanced training of experts employed by the industry.
While opening the seminar, Professor Oleg Kazanin, Dean of Faculty of Mining, and Stuart Miller, Orica’s Vice-President for EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) told the audience about the work of the Australian company and the prospects of developing its Young Experts programme and referred to the issues of its cooperation with the University. Particular emphasis was placed on one integral aspect of this cooperation, namely forming candidate pool consisting of the Mining University students. The report of Evgeny Golovanov, Director of Operations at ZAO Orica CIS was dedicated to the corporation’s activities in Russia and its product range. Brian Burke of blast-based services (Orica Mining Services) told the audience about the specific techniques of using explosives in an urban setting, including the solutions found in the course of tunnel work in the historical part of Stockholm.
The workshop audience consisted, first and foremost, of the University students specializing in Blasting work. Fifteen of them participated in the selection contest held afterwards by Orica’s experts. The winners will spend their next scheduled practical training period in the town of Apatity (Murmansk Oblast), where the company build and put into operation a plant for production of emulsion explosives, which is now the largest in Europe. The plant, as well as a number of other divisions of the company, already employ quite a few graduates of the Mining University, mainly in senior positions. The next stage involves internships at the company’s facilities located in other countries.