Bucim and Borov Dol mines are pleased to announce a new partnership with Kosta Susinov, a local high school. The partnership will run a dual education program to help high school students better prepare for a future career in the mining sector. The mines have signed a memorandum of cooperation with the local high school in Radovish to offer vocational training to students.
Beginning in September 2021, Kosta Susinov high school will offer a dual education program with a special focus on geology, mining, and metallurgy. The program is designed to educate towards the knowledge required for a career as a geological-mining technician. Students in the program will be able to supplement their theoretical knowledge by participating in internships at Borov Dol and Bucim. At the mines, students will have the opportunity to partake in practical training to complement theoretical training received at school. Vocational training in the mines will build practical skills among the students, boost their technological skills, and upgrade their theoretical knowledge. The students will learn firsthand how to develop the necessary skills and practices to meet real market demands.
“We are constantly improving our system of social responsibility. Practical education is a great way for young people to build relevant skills for their future careers. The cooperation of the schools with the companies is very useful as it takes advantage of learning opportunities within the sector. We look forward to embarking on this important step to help ensure that local students can access high-quality training which will set them up for future success in the labor market,”explained Nikoljacho Nikolov, Deputy General Director of Bucim.
Within their ESG programs, the mines have a strong focus on education, the relevant learning and teaching needs, and provision and improvement of education for the next generations. The mines aim to provide local students with access to practical, hands-on training, adapted to the reality of work. This will complement the theoretical training students receive at school. The combination of theory and practice is oriented towards current industry needs. Therefore, upon graduation, the students will be well prepared to work in the mining and metals industry and pursue their career goals.
“Education is a key element of our sustainable development strategy. It is critical to provide such opportunities, because quality education is a critical element of ensuring a sustainable future. We support this dual education program and will ensure that students have ample opportunities to apply their theoretical knowledge in practice,” added Pavlo Krivinskyi, General Manager of Borov Dol.
The concept of dual education was first introduced in North Macedonia in 2018. Beginning in fall 2021, the local high school in Radovish will offer this program in cooperation with the mines. An open competition will be held at the school, and 25 students will be selected to take part in the inaugural dual education program during the 2021-22 academic year.