UC RUSAL Sustainability report 2015

Training and development

Training and Development

Employee development and the qualification improvement system provides opportunities for career progress, enhancing of own demand in the labor market and employment planning in the future, taking into account rapid technological changes and the deterioration of knowledge and skills required in the modern production facilities.

The Company’s approach is based on the usage of various training programs and tools with which both workers and senior managers can improve their professional profile level.

The Corporate University is responsible for the development and functioning of the training and development system. It offers a number of programmes and training methods corresponding to current and future needs of production facilities and the business targets. G4-LA10


26,392 employees were trained on various programs in 2015.

Employees who received various types of training




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Proportion of employees who received training, by type of training

Functional academies

Functional academies provide employees with an opportunity to improve their qualification in 12 professional areas, ranging from HR, energy, quality management to commercial services. The training includes different formats, depending on the stated requirement (face-to-face, remote learning, group learning, individual, external and internal providers).

Modular training system

UC RUSAL was the first industrial company in Russia to initiate modular training programmes for professional skills improvement in order for employees to obtain a higher category. At present, the Company is conducting 35 modular professional training course programmes, including mandatory training programmes as well as supplemental advanced training programmes focused on qualification improvement.

E-Learning System

The most accessible type of training and qualification improvement is the electronic learning system (ELS), which facilitates the training of employees both at their workstations and remotely.

In 2015, over 58 UC RUSAL enterprises and divisions used the ELS, and the number of students who participated in the training programs was about 17 thousand. Since the system has been introduced, they system has proved to be successful, with about 14 thousand certificates being issued on various areas.

The ELS system includes 336 e-learning courses which cover topics including management, logistics, foreign languages, time management, presentations, stress management, record management and other subjects tailored for professionals, managers and university students enrolled in the UC RUSAL program. In addition to courses, tests and interviews are also remotely conducted, which allows for tracking the effectiveness of the educational process and provides feedback.

In the reporting year, the ELS priority areas were courses on development of managerial skills, technologies, basics of the business system of RUSAL, the system of labor protection and industrial safety.

Training equipment and simulators

Modern production is constantly being modernized with more advanced equipment, processes and operations. To utilize this advanced technology, workers must constantly develop and maintain new skills. For this, the Company applies the most modern ways of learning, among them - training equipment and simulators, which reproduce various technological operations.

Practice of the leading global companies shows that the use of this type of training can significantly reduce the number of accidents in the workplace, reduce production errors. Training on simulators provides a significant effect for both experienced professionals and young professionals who are new to modern production technology. The equipment and software was developed by external contractors who based the program on actual production at RUSAL’s specific plants and workshops ,which increases significantly the training efficiency.

In 2014, the first simulator intended to train bridge crane drivers was utilized at KrAZ. This practice was used at four other aluminium smelters (IrkAZ, BrAZ, SAZ and KhAZ). A bridge crane simulator was then developed for these four smelters as well as a forklift simulator - for KrAZ.

The ELS has simple virtual simulators, some of which the workers create themselves. The number of virtual simulators is now in the dozens. Most of them reproduce the processes of various alumina production conversions.

Simulators are special computer programs which display certain technological operations on screens. The computer monitors how well and timely an employee performs his/her functions, and applies a warning signal in case of an error. The bridge crane simulator was the first simulator used in training programs by both workers of the Company and students of industry-specific universities – IrSTU, SFU, KrIMC. Such enterprises as SAZ, KhAZ, IrkAZ and KrAZ also use simulators of electrolysis production.