What is to happen tomorrow? This question becomes a burning issue for all young specialists straight after they graduate and receive the longed-for diplomas. Statistics proves that approximately 80% of university graduates experience difficulties finding their first jobs. EkoNiva breaks the traditions of the present-day education to solve this problem.
EkoNiva is ready to rear young specialists on its farms. The company has already signed cooperation agreements with 15 leading agricultural universities of the country. The Nothern Trans-Urals State Agricultural University is one of EkoNiva’s partners. Now the students from Tyumen can test their knowledge in practice at the farming operations of the holding.
‘The cooperation agreement with the Northern Trans-Urals State Agricultural University and other agricultural universities of the country allows students to do internship on EkoNiva’s farms’, says Natalia Zvereva, HR Manager of EkoNiva-APK Holding. ‘Our specialists will be able to take part in the lectures and master classes to share their extensive experience with students.’
The labour market experiences a noticeable lack of qualified specialists, and EkoNiva’s goal is to identify the potential of university graduates, train them to apply their knowledge in practice and develop their professional qualifications.
‘We are ready to educate specialists for our farms’, says Sergey Kamenev, CEO of Agrofirma Mezhdurechye LLC. ‘We believe that we should look for potential candidates at the earliest years of study at the university so that the students could undergo practical training and receive deep knowledge of the profession. Currently, EkoNiva implements the most progressive ideas and technologies. We need people who want to work in agriculture, and we know how to bring their skills to perfection.’
The students of Tyumen will be able to do internship at Agrofirma Mezhdurechye in the nearest time. The young interns will be provided with free accommodation, food and a salary in the amount of 10 thousand rubles. The best students will receive a bonus.
‘The internship in EkoNiva resembles regular work of agricultural specialists’, says Elena Boyko, Rector of the Northern Trans-Urals State Agricultural University. ‘The interns are basically backups for the employees in certain positions. The topic usually corresponds to the knowledge and skills obtained during the university term. The students receive unique professional experience, which will help them to choose their way in life.’
Nadezhda and Aleksandr Ovchinnikovs, graduates of the Northern Trans-Urals State Agricultural University, have already made their choice. EkoNiva was their first place of internship during their studies. Later, they both came to work for Sibirskaya Niva and got married. The newly-weds jokingly say that they were brought together by the destiny and profession.
‘EkoNiva has played an important role in our life’, says Aleksandr Ovchinnikov. ‘Nadezhda started her career as a regular herd manager, and now she is a successful dairy manager in Sibirskaya Niva. I work as a senior veterinarian. The company is helping us to pay for the flat we are renting. We have everything necessary for a happy family life and we work with a great enthusiasm.’
Another important benefit provided by EkoNiva to its trainees is the compensation of the costs of travelling to their place of internship and back. The agricultural holding takes care of the young specialists and keeps them from worrying about tomorrow.
By Darya DENISOVA