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.
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
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.
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
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.