On September 1, Russia celebrated the Day of Knowledge, a state holiday and traditional beginning of the school year for students. This year ALROSA has helped to prepare for school more than 1,100 first-graders of Mirny district. In total, ALROSA will spend RUB 220 million (about $4 mln) for charitable assistance to educational institutions in 2017. The company presented gift school sets and conducted local charity events, where they provided support to schools and material aid to multi-child families with schoolchildren. The funds are are mainly aimed to repair and equip schools in the Mirny area, as well as to support of institutions of secondary special and higher education, including Arctic Federal University, Far-Eastern Federal University, North-Eastern Federal University and the Regional Technical College in Mirny.
Within the framework of ALROSA’s Program on Vocational Guidance, an ALROSA engineering class has been created for students who want to receive technical or engineering specialty in future. Its students undergo advanced training in mathematics, physics, computer science, and take part in the All-Russian Olympiads under the guidance of the best teachers and researchers from leading technical universities. The company is interested in training and recruiting highly qualified young specialists, also providing funding for university students. They further provide graduates with an opportunity to gain some work experience in the company to get acquainted with the profession and for their subsequent employment. Over the period from 2014 to 2016, after completion of the training program more than 500 young specialists joined ALROSA.
“Supporting educational institutions and caring for the younger generation are one of the key areas of the social policy of our Company," says Alexander Basyrov, Head of the Social Welfare and Regional Development Department of ALROSA. We consider this activity not just as a part of our social obligations, but as an investment in the future of Yakutia, and ALROSA as its part. We will be happy if one of today’s first-graders, when becoming an adult, chooses the honorable profession of a diamond miner.”