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New-ploughed field2014

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The federal government is planning to involve about 70,000 workers from the neighboring regions to construct the Olympic objects. Some part of those vacancies will be taken by the members of the youth construction teams.

The noticeable increase in number of youth construction teams (YCT) in the Krasnodar Region was supported by the Governor’s 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 Moscow-Sochi road construction project, besides their usual ventures.

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 — 50–200 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.

Quotes

Zsukov Alesandr, the Vice-Prime Minister of the Russian Federation:
«Of course, it is up to the companies which will win the contract, whom they are to hire for construction of the Sochi objects, but I would prefer to see the Russian citizens at the maximum rate. Right now we are witnessing the revival of the student construction teams movement. Our students work better then any foreign labor force».

Gorgeev Alexey, Minister of Agriculture:
«Due to the efforts of the YCT within the limits of the national project «AIC Development» realization more then 100 objects were constructed in 2007. Overall, the students of agricultural colleges from almost 50 regions made use of more then 500 million rubles in different labor projects. They may be applied in the spheres of health care and culture as well as in agricultural segment».

Zakharevich Vladislav, the rector of Southern Federal University:
«Last year we signed the contract of strategy partnership with Siberian Federal University. Among planned streamlines of cooperation there is a way of summer student labor teams’ coordination, but because of the students’ lack of interest this year, this part of the agreement is not likely to be realized».