¹ 1 (2008)
The noticeable increase in number of youth construction teams (YCT) in the Krasnodar Region was supported by the Governors decree in 2004. Students got the jobs financed by the local budget. At the same time, the companies which hired YCT got municipal assistance. According to the information provided by the regional youth politics department, in the middle of 2006 YCT had 5,000 members, and today this number is more then 14,000. This summer they are going to be applied in the
YCT of the Sravropol Region unite about 8500 people. Besides working in their homeland, they travel to Kuban, the Moscow Region and the Arhangelsk Region. In the Rostov Region, YCT spread their scales to 10,000 students which is approximately one fifth of the total student body. Colleges are forced to stimulate youth to take place in labor process. The participation in YCT is highly encouraged by the professors of Don State Agricultural University if a student misses classes because of this kind of work, he is allowed to work out his own plan of attendance and coping with the materials missed.
There is a less quantity of working students in the Vogograd Region about 4,000. They are employed as train conductors, security workers, as members of agricultural, teaching and construction teams. The teams of construction are composed of not only the professional college students but of all who wish to work there.
«Last year we took part in construction projects in the Krasnodar Region», states the team leader, the head of the field office for Russian Social Movement Russian Student Teams» Sheikin Alexandr.
His followers intend to participate in the national competition for the right to be a part of Sochi construction team for the Olympic Games.
Meanwhile, the traditional college teams have their new competitors in large cities of the South Federal District youth recruit agencies, functioning on the outsorting basis.
As the head of the recruit agency «Student Labor Team» Lesnikov Arkady remarked: «We have established rather close relationships with the Moscow hypermarkets and malls. Such large enterprises are always in need of unqualified employees. The range of necessary services is quite wide: goods loading and unloading, merchandising, promo actions, cleaning. Students are the best to take the vacancies».
The benefits of partnership with «Student Labor Team» are obvious: they do not have to leave for any other place, flexible work schedule is available, besides, and the salary is not that bad 50200 rubles per hour. But in the Northern Caucasus region, where the labor activity is not vivid, and getting a job is one of the most acute social problems, students do not have much to choose from. They will gladly plough any field in Sochi, even if they have to lead the life in the roughest conditions.
By the end of 2008 the training centers for construction workers will have been opened in Makhachkala and Cherkessk, as a part of the federal program «Our Builders». Its main goal is to prepare qualified specialists, to create the national data base including all construction teams and the regions where they have not been created yet.
Gorgeev Alexey, Minister of Agriculture:
Zakharevich Vladislav, the rector of Southern Federal University: