18.07.2008Of the students studying in Russian maritime colleges, more than 90 percent go abroad to work. Now Russian authorities intend to make the sailors work for Russian companies.
During a recent meeting in the Marine Board, First Deputy Prime Minister Sergey Ivanov expressed major concern with the declining number of Russian sailors working in Russia.
- Today 70 percent of all students [in maritime colleges] – which is 45,000 people – study with state grants, of which no more than nine percent remain in Russia for work, Mr. Ivanov said, Regnum reports.
The first deputy PM now proposes to introduce a system with compensation fees for the students going abroad to work after graduating.
In the future, foreign shipping companies hiring a young Russian sailor, might either have to compensate the Russian state or pay for the person’s studies.