WELCOME TO SHCHEKINOAZOT[23.06.2021]
Recently, Shchekinoazot once again welcomed guests. This time, those were third-year students from Ivanovo State University of Chemistry and Technology. The future chemistry technologists, electronics engineers and laboratory technicians had their first close encounter with the city-forming enterprise.
Such visits to the company allow students to get a feel for the profession while they are still studying and to make sure that they have made the right choice.
A cooperation agreement has been concluded between the plant and the university.
As part of the large career guidance and preparatory staffing programme School-College-University-Enterprise, employees of Shchekinoazot's Human Resources and Social Development Department conduct a series of career guidance events for young people throughout the academic year. This is not the first time students of Ivanovo State University of Chemistry and Technology have been welcomed at Russia's leading chemical company. They can learn about Shchekinoazot and the life and career prospects it offers to young professionals.
As is tradition, the introduction to the city-forming enterprise began with a tour of the Shchekinoazot Hall of Labour Fame. It was led by Lyubov Tyurina, Human Resources Development Specialist at Shchekinoazot.
The students were captivated by the stories of how the then-Shchekino Gas Plant was born, how the first shops were built during the toilsome post-war years, how the chemical industry town of Pervomayskiy developed, and how the first Eternal Flame in the USSR was lit there.
After being introduced to the company's stages of development and traditions, the students moved on to the part of the museum dedicated to the modern era of Shchekinoazot.
The film told young people about the construction of grand new production facilities, innovative approaches to management, sustainable development strategies, and the modern life of chemists in Shchekino. Displays and interactive boards bear information about products, production technology and chains, as well as the awards earned by the enterprise.
Looking at the miniature of the plant, altered many times in parallel with the changes made to the real-life site and the opening of new production facilities, the youngsters became increasingly surprised by the pace of the company's development and the scale of its future plans.
The next point on the tour route is the industrial site.
Accompanied by experienced Shchekinoazot workers, the students went to explore the plant.
Aleksey Antoshechkin, deputy head of the production and technical department, spoke in detail about the raw materials used at the enterprise and each production unit.
At the combined methanol/ammonia shop, the students were welcomed by graduates of the same university, now young specialists at Shchekinoazot.
Aleksey Antoshechkin noted that this new methanol/ammonia unit, with a yearly output of 450,000 and 135,000 tonnes respectively, is the only one of its kind in the world. Before the chemists in Shchekino, no one had been able to implement the simultaneous production of the two with a comparable capacity in practice.
At the CPU, the students were able to get a closer look at modern digital technology in use.
Aleksey Antoshechkin pointed out that big chemistry products such as methanol, spirits, acids, mineral fertilisers, etc., are export-oriented. Shchekinoazot makes a major contribution to the regional and national economy.
The introduction to the plant ended with a visit to the corporate houses in the settlement of Pervomayskiy.
What is the most pressing issue for a young family or someone on the cusp of an adult life and career? Of course, it is housing.
The company helps in solving it, proving that it values its employees highly. It also cares about their comfort and everyday convenience.
Shchekinoazot runs a housing programme that helps employees become flat owners on special terms.
A young professional coming from afar with their family can be temporarily provided with a company flat, where everything is arranged on a turnkey basis. Quality repairs have been made, there is comfortable furniture and even decor to immediately cosy and warm like at home.
Well-lit one and two-room flats with a comfortable floor plan are located in a quality building in the chemists' settlement of Pervomayskiy, where all the necessary infrastructure is nearby, including educational institutions, sports facilities, medical and cultural facilities, shops and services. There is also a wonderful park with a pond and an equipped beach within a stone's throw from there.
The advantages of the corporate housing location include excellent transport accessibility (both the factory and the regional centre are close by) and well-established transport links.
On top of that, the plant provides substantial social assistance by compensating employees arriving from other regions for the renting cost.
The company takes real steps to care about its young staff!
Pavel Yevdokimov, a third-year student at ISUCT:
'It's great that the company actually cares about its employees. Today we were told about and shown corporate housing for young professionals. I'm thrilled! These are very cosy flats close to the plant. They're nicely finished and have all the necessary appliances and furniture. There's plenty of space nearby for an evening walk or sports. It's just beautiful. As for the plant itself, I'm impressed by its development pace and the opportunity to work with state-of-the-art equipment.'
Ivan Skorokhvatov, a student at ISUCT:
'Shchekinoazot is truly a team. I liked that. Here one's going to be understood, supported, taught and helped. There are many benefits and preferences for young professionals. Great prospects and career opportunities. I really want to start my career here!'
Students Darya Mokshanova and Denis Kirillov:
'We plan to come here to work and live immediately after graduation. We were very impressed and inspired by everything we saw today.'