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Russian Helicopters briefs government defence industry commission on successful HR initiatives in the helicopter sector
25.10.2013 / Moscow

Russian Helicopters, a subsidiary of Oboronprom, part of Rostec State Corporation, yesterday hosted a plenary session of the Russian government’s defence industry committee to discuss staff training to support the future of Russia’s military industries, and a meeting on cooperation between military enterprises in Russia and Belarus.

The session took place at Kazan Helicopters, and was chaired by Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin, who oversees Russia’s defence industry and state defence procurement. Also present were Belarusian Deputy Prime Minister Vladimir Semashko, Tatarstan’s Prime Minister Ildar Khalikov, and Russian Helicopters CEO Alexander Mikheev.

The committee discussed the current shortage of technical staff in the defence sector and potential solutions. As part of national HR policy, Russian Helicopters has developed a strategy and is working hard to promote the engineering profession, to attract and train talented young people in the helicopter industry, and to provide attractive social packages for staff. The company places particular emphasis on professional development and career growth for all employees. The results of this work are particularly important for Russia’s regions.

The delegation headed by Deputy Prime Minister Rogozin praised the depth of potential talent in the helicopter industry being developed thanks to currently active programmes. “It was very useful to hold a session on such an important issue in public at Kazan Helicopters,” Dmitry Rogozin said. “We were able to significantly broaden the range of participants in the discussion, and also to see for ourselves and assess the HR experience of one of Russia’s defence enterprises.”

Alexander Mikheev, CEO of Russian Helicopters, said: “Our companies work closely with educational institutions training future generations to work in high-tech production industries. Our specialist educational programmes are growing in popularity among young people every year. They offer a genuinely high quality education and also offer the possibility of employment in one of Russia’s most dynamic and fastest-growing machine-building industries.”

One example of Russian Helicopters’ successful HR policies is the training system being run at Kazan Helicopters for staff of all levels, fr om engineers to management. In 2013 alone, 43.4% of the company’s staff have taken courses both on-site and at training institutions elsewhere.

Kazan Helicopters has a productive relationship with educational institutions in Kazan including the Dementiev Kazan Aviation Technology Institute and the Tupolev Kazan National Research Technical University. To date 35 students have graduated from individually tailored programmes, and the most successful have taken up management positions at Kazan Helicopters. The company also runs a professional training programme for high-school students at Kazan Grammar School No. 8, wh ere three classes totalling 85 students receive specialist professional education.

Similar programmes aimed at bringing through future generations and providing additional professional training for current employees are also enjoying success at Progress Arsenyev Aviation Company in Russia’s Far East, at Rostvertol in Rostov-on-Don, at Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant in Buryatia, at Reductor-PM in Perm and at other Russian Helicopters companies.

Russian Helicopters, JSC is a subsidiary of UIC Oboronprom, which in turn is a part of State Corporation Rostec. It is one of the global leaders in helicopter production and the only helicopter design and production powerhouse in Russia. Russian Helicopters is headquartered in Moscow. The company comprises five helicopter production facilities, two design bureaus, a spare parts production and repair facility, as well as an aftersale service branch responsible for maintenance and repair in Russia and all over the world. Its helicopters are popular among Russian ministries and state authorities (Ministry of Defence, Ministry of Internal Affairs, Emergency Control Ministry), operators (Gazpromavia, UTair), major Russian corporations. Over 8000 helicopters of Soviet/Russian make are operated in 110 countries worldwide. Traditionally the demand is highest in the Middle East, Africa, Asia-Pacific, Latin America, Russia, and CIS countries. Russian Helicopters was established in 2007. In 2012 its IFRS revenues increased 21% to RUB 125,7billion. Deliveries reached 290 helicopters.

UIC Oboronprom, JSC is a multi-profile industrial and investment group established in 2002. It is a part of Russian Technologies State Corporation. Its main tasks include: helicopter engineering (Russian Helicopters, JSC) and engine-building (United Engine Industry Corporation managing company).

Rostekhnologii State Corporation (Rostec) is a Russian corporation established in 2007 in order to facilitate the development, manufacturing and export of high-technology industrial products of military and civil purposes. Today it comprises over 663 companies, which form 8 military-industrial and 5 civil industry holdings. Rostec’s subsidiaries are located in 60 regions of Russia and supply their products to over 70 countries worldwide. In 2012 revenues of the Corporation amounted to RUB 931 billion, net profits were RUB 38.5 billion and total taxation exceeded RUB 109 billion.