UC RUSAL Sustainability report 2016

Training and development

Education and development

The Company considers its Corporate Training System as its contribution to the Sustainable Development Goals – Goal 4 “Quality education”, and Goal 8 “Decent work and economic growth”. While working in the Company, employees are given the opportunity to continue their training, which increases their demand in the labour market and helps to plan their employment in the future, given the rapid changes in technology and obsolescence of knowledge and skills by modern production. On the other hand, cooperation programmes with specialised universities and the educational project UC RUSAL provides to Russian Schools (http://sdorsr.rusal.ru) contribute to the improvement of the quality of general and higher education and to a more specific definition of the set of competencies that a modern engineer should have.

The Company uses a variety of training programs and tools that can help improve the skills of both the employees and senior managers. G4-LA10

The following characteristics of the employees are taken into account during training planning in order to ensure the effectiveness of the training programmes, increase the motivational impact and maximise the benefits for the Company:

            quality and performance;

            professional qualification level;

            level of education required to match the position; and

            observance of corporate ethic, industrial and environmental safety standards.

The Corporate University ensures the functioning of the entire training system, develops and offers training programmes and methods that correspond to the current and future needs of the business. The Company continuously develops its personnel training systems through systematising and developing professional training of the workers and specialists, raising the relevancy of functional academies, and creating targeted modular programmes oriented to business objectives. HKExAppendix 27 KPI B3

Number of employees who have undergone various types of training HKEx Appendix 27 KPI 3.1 (part)





Number of trained persons




Share of employees trained to the total number of employees, %




Share of employees trained by type of training, % of total trained

Type of training




Vocational training




Compulsory education




Professional development








Corporate training and development system of UC RUSAL

Functional academies

Functional academies is a system of personnel training in the areas that the Company's production facilities required to perform their production and strategic tasks successfully. Employees are given the opportunity to upgrade skills in professional areas; training is conducted in a variety of formats (face-to-face, remote, group, individual, training sessions of external and internal providers, internships at foreign production facilities). G4-LA10

Initial further development courses have been organised for key production workers, and since 2016, new knowledge has been provided to ecologists, laboratory technicians, metrologists, power engineers, lawyers, financiers and other employees. In 2016, a revised approach to the formation of training content was adopted: seven programmes were formed (see table below) corresponding to the Company's strategy.



Number persons trained in accordance with the programmes of functional academies in 2016


Number of trainees



Quality management


Laboratory and metrology


Energy and repair


Health, safety and environment


Information technology


Project management


Total trained persons


Modular vocational training system

UC RUSAL became the first industrial company in Russia to introduce modular training programmes to improve the professional skills of the blue-collar job in order to obtain a higher grade. Training is carried out under 35 modular programmes, including mandatory training programmes and additional programmes (to upgrade skills). G4-LA10

In 2016, process personnel studied corporate and international standards, system of customer visits, technologies of production of different types of products, and other topics. A total of 442 people were trained.

Distance learning

The most accessible way to upgrade skills is through distance learning, which allows staff to be trained both on-the-job and remotely.

More than 300 e-courses on management, logistics, foreign languages, time planning, presentations, stress management, office management and other topics are included in the distance learning. The courses are intended for the professionals in blue-collar jobs, management personnel and university students studying in the specialties relevant for UC RUSAL. The system allows to carry out remote tests and polls, track the performance of the educational process and get feedback. G4-LA10

Distance learning is the platform for the implementation of the educational project UC RUSAL provides to Russian schools(http://sdorsr.rusal.ru). The project is mostly for promoting the realisation of the lifelong learning principle, since a continuous education system 'school – Vocation educational institution – industrial facility' is built on the basis of the distance learning system of UC RUSAL.

Computer-based courses and manuals (including those developed by the teachers of the Corporate University) can be used by teachers in schools and universities or colleges in the educational process, thereby increasing the amount of modern knowledge and skills acquired by the students. As of 2016, 178 general education organisations in 11 cities of the Company's operation participated in the distance learning system.

In 2016, the project is located in the social and professional network 'Education Initiative' (organised by the Federal Institute of Education Development), which will potentially increase the audience.

Distant learning system (DLS)




Number of production facilities and business units of UC RUSAL using DLS



Number of trainees through DLS



Number of computer trainings (courses)

over 300

over 400

Number of educational institutions participating in the DLS programme UC RUSAL to Russian Schools




One modern way of learning is a simulator that reproduces various process operations. Training on simulators has a significant impact on both the newly employed and experienced employees.

The development of equipment and software based on the real production of UC RUSAL is a significant area of the corporate learning system.

Many aluminium smelters are already using simulators to train operators of the bridge crane and loader. In 2016, an overlock machine (pneumatic combine) simulator was launched at Silicon Ural. Virtual simulators are available in the DLS, some of which are created by the employees themselves.

Emulators, special computer programs that simulate certain process operations on the display, are also widely used in the corporate learning system. The computer keeps track of whether the worker is performing the tasks correctly and in a timely manner, and gives a signal in case of error. In 2016, several simulators were developed: process of production of small ingots out of crude aluminium from  Sayanogorsk aluminium smelter; reduction plant of Bogoslovsk aluminium smelter; ore-thermal furnace remote control at Silicon Ural.

The simulators can be used by the students of the UC RUSAL to Russian Schools project, which is an important part of the preparation for the on-the-job training.

Training of workers in higher education institutions

The employees of UC RUSAL companies are given the opportunity to obtain higher education at the specialised universities and to become members of the Presidential Programme. G4-LA10

University education and the Presidential Programme in 2016

Levels of education

Number of trained persons

Bachelor’s programme


Master’s programme


Specialized department


Presidential programme of management training




An example of cooperation between the Company and educational institutions to upgrade the skills of the employees of the production facilities of UC RUSAL was the creation in 2016 of the chair of nonferrows metal industry at the Siberian research, design and project institute of the aluminium and electrode industries and the National Research Irkutsk State Technical University. UC RUSAL provided training space, equipment and information materials. The training is conducted by unique specialists both from research organisations and RUSAL’s Engeneering and technology centrer.

The first 20 people (employees of the Irkutsk aluminium smelter, specialists of the directorate of anode paste production) have already been trained at the specialized department under the 'anode production' programme.

The specialized department will also supervise the research and development work of university students and the employees of the production facility, coordinate the patenting of the intellectual property in joint research and development with the universities, and publish scientific and teaching literature.

Plans and priorities for 2017

          In the framework of the functional academies, it planned to train 1,186 people under the seven training programmes.

          In addition, a procedure for evaluating the effectiveness of educational programmes and training courses will be introduced to improve the quality of training, and the adaptation of university programmes to meet the needs of the Company will continue.

          Special attention will be given to the training of project management and innovative cultural skills (including through the organisation of youth-oriented projects).

          It planned to develop the technical and technological competencies of the Company's employees through training programmes or training courses in design, modern technologies of metallurgical production, modular programme of efficient supply chain management technologies, etc.

          The programme of scholarships, the organisation of basic chairs at production facilities will also continue.