Journals →  Gornyi Zhurnal →  2022 →  #12 →  Back

ArticleName Innovative training of highly qualified personnel for the mining industry in the Far East Federal District: A case-study of the Khabarovsk Krai
DOI 10.17580/gzh.2022.12.13
ArticleAuthor Volkov A. F.

Institute of Mining, Far East Branch, Russian Academy of Sciences, Khabarovsk, Russia:

A. F. Volkov, Chief Engineer,


The mining sector in the Russian Far East is a historically critical element of the region economy owing to the unique quality and size of local mineral resources. Many large mining projects are in progress or being scheduled. The present social and economic conditions necessitate initiation of integrated regional training of qualified engineering and operating personnel to meet the manpower needs of the existing and new industries. In this respect, under the author’s initiative, the region introduced an interdepartmental professional mining personnel training system including government bodies, municipal authorities, institutions of education, culture, sport, youth policy and science, as well as mining companies. The vocational-oriented education and training of personnel for the mining industry in the Khabarovsk Krai promoted the image of mining professions. The vocational-oriented education can be included both in schooling and in out-of-school activities and visits to production sites. As a result, applicants of professional education institutions take all study places at the courses on mining. The next landmark on the way of professional mining education development in the region should be integration of isolated training systems of the Far Eastern districts into a uniform qualified personnel training system within the Far East Federal District and the Russian Federation. The spread of this experience can stimulate education migration to FED from the other federal subjects of Russia and, consequently, can foster inhabitancy of skilled workers in the Far East of Russia, which is promising for the progressive advance of this region.

keywords Deficiency of staff, mining industry, specialist training, number of trainees, practiceoriented training model

1. Certificate of current condition and utilization prospects of mineral resources in the Far East Federal District as of 15 March 2022. 2022. Available at:Справки%20МСБ%20на%2015.03.2022/ДФО/MSB_DFO_15.03.2022.pdf?556.1201438789835 (accessed: 15.06.2022).
2. Social and economic situation in the Far East Federal District in quarter I of 2022. Moscow : Federalnaya sluzhba gosudarstvennoy statistiki, 2022. 72 p.
3. Sklyarova G. F., Arkhipova Yu. A. Mineral resources of the Khabarovsk Territory as the Far Eastern federal subject of Russia: Availability and geoeconomic appraisal. Gornyi Zhurnal. 2018. No. 10. pp. 13–18. DOI: 10.17580/gzh.2018.10.02
4. Amended Annual Report on Implementation and Efficiency of the Russian Federation State Program on Social and Economic Development of the Far East Federal District in 2019. Ministry for the Development of the Russian Far East and Arctic, 2020. Available at: (accessed: 30.06.2022).
5. Approval of the Russian Federation State Program on Social and Economic Development of the Far East and Baikal Regions, Russian Government Resolution No. 308 dated 15 April 2014. Available at: (accessed: 30.06.2022).
6. Population number and composition. Rosstat regional office of Khabarovsk Territory, Magadan Region, Jewish Autonomous Region and Chukotka Autonomous Area, 2022. Available at: (accessed: 05.06.2022).
7. Approval of the Social and Economic Development Strategy for the Khabarovsk Krai up to 2-3- (as amended on 24 November 2021), Khabarovsk Krai Government Resolution No. 215-pr dated 13 July 2018. Available at: (accessed: 05.06.2022).
8. Gurskaya T. V., Krasavin A. V., Fedorova S. V., Khudyakov P. Yu. Practice-oriented approach to mining engineer training. Gornyi Zhurnal. 2018. No. 2. pp. 97–103. DOI: 10.17580/gzh.2018.02.14
9. Volkov A. F., Krivonosova L. A. Interaction of the Pension Fund of the Russian Federation with the higher education institutions of the r egion on preparation of the profile experts: historical aspect. Vlast i upravlenie na Vostoke Rossii. 2013. No. 3(64). pp. 63–68.
10. Kazanin O. I., Drebenshtedt K. Mining education in XXI century: global challenges and prospects. Journal of Mining Institute. 2017. Vol. 225. pp. 369–375.
11. Simonyants R. P. Engineering education problems and industry-assisted solutions. Nauka i obrazovanie. 2014. No. 3. pp. 394–419.
12. Mishchuk S. N., Fetisov D. M., Orel T. V. Human resources management in Russia’s Far East mines in the conditions of manpower shortage (in terms of the Kimkan–Sutara Mining and Processing Plant). Gornyi Zhurnal. 2020. No. 3. pp. 88–92. DOI: 10.17580/gzh.2020.03.17
13. Joint meeting of State Council Presidium and Presidential Council on Science and Education. Presidential Administration of Russia, 2020. Available at: (accessed: 17.07.2022).
14. Mine 2020: Resilient and resourceful : PwC’s 17th annual review of global trends in the mining industry. PwC, 2020. 31 p.
15. Golubova A. Canadian mining industry will have nearly 80,000 jobs to fill in the next decade – report. Kitco Metals, Inc., 2020. Available at: (accessed: 15.06.2022).
16. Ericsson M. Internationalisation of mining education and research – a recurring process running through the centuries. Eurasian Mining. 2018. No. 2. pp. 44–48. DOI: 10.17580/em.2018.02.11
17. Moritz T., Ejdemo T., Söderholm P., Wårell L. The local employment impacts of mining: an econometric analysis of job multipliers in northern Sweden. Mineral Economics: Raw Materials Report. 2017. Vol. 30, Iss. 1. pp. 53–65.
18. Harding L. M. Students of a Feather “Flocked” Together: A Group Assignment Method for Reducing Free-Riding and Improving Group and Individual Learning Outcomes. Journal of Marketing Education. 2018. Vol. 40, Iss. 2. pp. 117–127.
19. Schuh J. Н., Jones S. R., Torres V. Student Services: A Handbook for the Profession. 6th ed. San Francisco : Jossey-Bass, 2017. 870 p.
20. Medaille A., Usinger J. “That’s going to be the hardest thing for me”: Tensions experienced by quiet students during collaborative learning situations. Educational Studies. 2018. Vol. 46, Iss. 2. pp. 240–257.
21. Hutwalker A., Binder A., Langefeld O. The role of mining engineering education for a sustainable raw materials use. Sustainable Minerals 21 : MEI’s 6th International Symposium. 2021. Available at: (accessed: 15.06.2022).
22. Binder A., Hutwalker A., Langefeld O. Modern Mining Engineering Education Transforming Towards the Digital Era. Mining Report Glückauf. 2019. Vol. 155, No. 6. pp. 544–553.

Language of full-text russian
Full content Buy