Kharkiv Tractor Plant has signed a memorandum of strategic partnership with Kharkiv Polytechnic Institute. The owner and president of DCH Group Oleksandr Yaroslavsky and KPU rector Yevhen Sokol signed the agreement on 22 September within the framework of the ninth Kharkiv International Economic Forum.
During the signing ceremony, Mr. Yaroslavsky stressed the status of Kharkiv Tractor Plant as a flagship of DCH Group investment activities. Since January 2017, the plant has produced over 700 machines. The number of “XTZ” trademark tractors produced in Kharkiv is set to rise to 1000 vehicles by the end of the year. “This memorandum is very important for us,” he commented. “What is Kharkiv Polytechnic Institute? It is an educational establishment that trains experts. What is Kharkiv Tractor Plant? It is a Kharkiv enterprise and a Ukrainian enterprise that needs experts. This is why this document is so meaningful for us. We have also signed an agreement with Kharkiv University in recent times. We see great prospects for us and for the plant via such cooperation,” said Mr. Yaroslavsky.
The director general of Kharkiv Tractor Plant, Andriy Koval, emphasized that the plant is ready to provide full access for young research and development engineers. “KPU is basically our core educational establishment. We will benefit from an influx of young professionals who are able to facilitate the further development of our production process. We are primarily interested in engineering and technological experts. The average age of our employees is currently rather advanced. We need a whole new generation,” said Mr. Koval.
The plant’s director general added that within the framework of the memorandum, students engaged at the plant are set to receive salaries. “We offer the Polytechnic University an opportunity to provide trial runs to the young people they are educating. We are ready to share new knowledge with them, to employ them in practical projects where people will acquire practical skills. It is important for KPIU that they can offer their students a new horizon of knowledge and enjoy support from DCH, which is an investment and innovation-based company. We are going to offer a salary. A person studies at an institute and gains a full-fledged education. This person also spends some time at the plant and receives a salary. My task is to ensure that they pick up basic skills from my experienced workers,” he concluded.