YEREVAN, February 14. / ARKA /. GeoProMining, a diversified Russian group of mining companies, started to prepare another six 11–grade school students in Ararat, Vardenis and Agarak towns, for school graduation and university entrance examinations. The school students were selected by it to get higher education at Armenian and Russian universities.
The first five participants of this project, selected last year, are already majoring at St. Petersburg State Mining Institute after Plekhanov and the Yerevan State University. The young people are from the towns where the company is present. They were selected from tens of applicants. The company has committed to employ them after they get their diplomas. The selected young people will be provided with accommodation, airfare, medical insurance, and a monthly stipend from the GPM.
This project was launched by GeoProMining with the support of the Russian embassy in Armenia in 2012. The students will be trained in the field of mining. The project is part of a corporate program called "Resources for Good", which aims to ensure sustainable development of enterprises in the regions of GeoProMining’s presence
"I still can not believe that I am a student of one of the best technical universities in Russia. We have got a unique opportunity – we have the best professors, a rich collection of research materials, new laboratories. For me to be a participant of this program is a big responsibility, and I will do my best to justify the trust and become an excellent professional,” Garegin Ghazarian, a participant of the program, majoring at St. Petersburg Mining University, says.
GPM president, Roman Khudoliy said skilled personnel are a key component of the company’s success.
"As a long-term investor in Armenia, GeoProMining is very serious about selecting its staff that have to be professional and dedicated to the company. We are very enthusiastic concerning this program because we are sure that this initiative will help us to have professionals,’ he said.
He stressed that the program will help reduce the outflow of the workforce and open up new employment prospects for young people.
GeoProMining was founded in 2001. In Armenia it owns two assets – the Agarak Copper-Molybdenum Combine and GPMGold, developing the Sotk gold mine and running Ararat gold recovery factory. -0-