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Russia - 2010

Mentoring Program Builds Management Strength in Russia


To strengthen production line management and attract top talent, Alcoa’s Samara, Russia, facility created a unique mentoring program for college graduates with technical degrees and high professional potential.

In the Young Talent Program, which builds upon the plant’s successful apprenticeship program for the manufacturing trades, participants spend the majority of their four-month training on the workshop floor under the direction of a mentor. They also attend classroom training on leadership, quality control, human resource management, Alcoa Business System principles, and environment, health and safety.

Each participant receives a stipend, and all have the potential to be offered a line management position at Samara upon completion of the program. Of the initial 15 participants who completed the training in December 2009, 13 accepted a position at the plant.

Participant Denis Chuvilin, who holds a chemist technologist degree from Samara State Technical University, is now lead engineering technologist for a coil coating line at Samara.

“The training program provided a good base of knowledge and invaluable experience,” said Chuvilin. “It taught me how to lead and also encouraged independence, innovation, persistence, and determination. Without this opportunity, I would be working in an oil refinery.”

Before participating in the Young Talent Program, Oleg Zotov was a design engineer for metal construction. He currently is a shift supervisor for a cutting line at Samara.

“Getting selected for this program was a boost to my self-esteem, because there was a huge list of candidates,” said Zotov. “I chose to work for Alcoa following the training because I think it is a stable company—perhaps the most stable in our city. Many of my relatives also work here, which is why this plant is so special for me.”

A second wave of participants entered the program in April 2010. Because of the program’s early success, Alcoa Russia plans to expand it further into the Samara plant and also to the Belaya Kalitva facility.