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Having accepted the invitation of the Technical School in Bor to take part in the Job Shadowing programme, Rakita hosted four students, Miloš Stepanović, Nikola Andrović, Sergij Nikolić and Mihajlo Piljević. They all go to the Technical School in Bor, where they are studying for the job of mining technician.

The students spent a day with a geologist who introduced them to geology-related work processes. This was part of the vocational guidance programme for the students of the final year of secondary school.

“I really appreciate spending a working day in Rakita. I have learned about geological exploration, from geophysical measuring to processing core samples. I like the company’s work ethics. I like their high health and safety standards and would love to work in a company like this some day,” said Nikola Andrović, adding that on-the-job learning was going to help him and his friends in their studies and in choosing their future vocation.

In addition to being able to see the work processes, machines and instruments about which they have been learning at school, they were impressed by the organisation of their visit to the company and the professionalism of Rakita’s staff.

The students’ mentor was the geology engineer Bojan Milenković, who introduced them to some aspects of geology, health and safety and human resources-related work. They learned about the employment contract, employer’s and employee’s respective work obligations and rights.

Nataša Džaković, educationist at the Technical School in Bor, thanked Rakita for responding to the school’s invitation.

“We are pleased that Rakita accepted our invitation to take part in the Job Shadowing programme. It is important that students learn about jobs, labour relations, employee rights and obligations and prepare themselves for entering the labour world. This is an excellent example of cooperation between a private company and the education sector,” pointed out Nataša Džaković. This type of cooperation with companies is important in terms of vocational skills because it empowers students to take responsibility for their own development”, she added.