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Natalya Kaseva, an employee of the group for organizing vocational education and training of convicts of the Federal Penitentiary Service, and Andrey Melekhin, a master of industrial training at vocational educational institution No. 23 of the Federal Penitentiary Service of Russia, spoke about the training of convicts on the Komi Gor radio in the Miyan Kad (Our Time) program.

Another broadcast was dedicated to the last professional holiday of workers of professional education of the penal system, which is celebrated annually on October 2. The host of the program – journalist Natalya Kuznetsova – congratulated the guests on the holiday and offered to talk about the peculiarities of the training of convicts.

Natalya Kaseva noted that they began to train skilled workers in correctional institutions in Russia in 1940, when the rapid development of industry required a constant influx of new labor force into mines, mines, transport, factories and plants. Today in the Komi Republic secondary vocational education and vocational training of convicts are organized by federal state professional educational institutions No. 20 (Vorkuta), No. 22 (Emva), No. 23 (Syktyvkar) and four branches based on subordinate institutions. Convicts also receive professions directly at KP-51 (Emva), KP-38 (Chinyavoryk settlement) and IK-42 (Sindor settlement).

In the 2019/2020 academic year, 2,862 convicts serving sentences in correctional colonies of the Federal Penitentiary Service were trained in these professional educational institutions, of which forty people received secondary vocational education. At the beginning of the last academic year, 2,340 people did not have a profession (specialty), of which 1,800 people underwent vocational training. Convicts who have fully mastered the educational programs of secondary vocational education, have successfully passed and passed the intermediate and final certification, are issued certificates of the worker’s profession or state diplomas.

Education in correctional institutions of the Federal Penitentiary Service today is focused primarily on the needs of its own production in the colonies and is directly tied to them. For the 2019/2020 academic year, in professional educational institutions, convicts were trained in 2 educational programs of secondary vocational education and 32 vocational training programs. These are such professions as “Welder”, “Electrician”, “Cook”, “Baker”, “Tractor driver”, “Car repairman”, “Seamstress”, etc.

Andrey Melekhin, master of industrial training at the vocational educational institution No. 23 of the Federal Penitentiary Service of Russia, said that open lessons are often held in educational institutions, both traditional and in the format of contests, games, exhibitions, master classes. There are many examples of successful correction and employment of prisoners at large at the enterprises of the republic and Russia.

– Of course, it is not always possible to track the fate of former convicts, but we, the teachers, keep in touch with many of them. I train welders, and in my practice there are very good examples of how professional training in our institution has changed the life of a stumbled person for the better. In Syktyvkar, our graduates work both in small private organizations and in large organizations. Here’s a recent example – my 2019 graduate was released in early September and almost immediately – two weeks later – started working as a welder in an organization in Ejve. Manufactures demanded metal products: containers, trash cans, piles, etc. Our graduates work in Vorkuta, Kirov, Moscow, both as ordinary welders and team leaders. Many practice rotational work in large construction organizations.

Andrei Melekhin also cited examples when former convicts, having gained experience in working at enterprises, are successfully doing their job – they have received the status of individual entrepreneurs and are engaged in the execution of contracts related to welding.


Press service of the Federal Penitentiary Service of Russia for the Komi Republic

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