Creation of an Independent Assessment and Certification Center based on ALE Republican Association of Mining and Metallurgical Enterprises
In execution of Protocol Orders of RoK Deputy Prime-Minister E. T. Orynbayev No. 20-46/I-150 dated February 21, 2012, the Republican Association of Mining and Metallurgical Enterprises (AGMP) works on creation of a pilot-mode independent qualification assessment and approval system (hereinafter – “IQA”) using its own framework.
To ensure coordination of activity on IQA creation, KazEnergy and AGMP initiated creation and operation of the Inter-Sectoral Working Group that includes representatives of interested ministries and departments, organizations and associations for elaboration of uniform approaches to create IQA in sectors.
Within the IQA institutional model elaborated by Holding Kasipkor NJSC, AGMP undertook the following measures:
1) analysis of specialties related to the mining and metallurgical complex prepared in TVE institutions and determination of 15 most marketable specialties taking into account a mid-term perspective (with the reference to investment projects of MMC enterprises);
2) elaboration of qualification requirements on 15 most marketable specialties based on which tests (theoretical and practical) will be prepared for certification within the pilot project on IQA adoption by the mining and metallurgical sector.
The elaborated qualification requirements for TVE graduates have been prepared with involvement of employers, TVE institutions, independent experts and foreign consultants.
AGMP is working on regional development of the independent qualification assessment system taking into account the highest concentration of large industrial enterprises and existence of developed educational infrastructure. For such purposes, AGMP has arranged trips to industrial regions of Kazakhstan to inspect material and technical bases of TVE institutions preparing specialists for the mining and metallurgical sector.
On June 13, 2012 within the meeting of the Regional Council for Technical and Professional Education Development and Training of Personnel in Karagandy Oblast held under the chairmanship of Oblast Akim A. K. Kusainov, AGMP and Karagandy Oblast Akimat signed a Memorandum of Cooperation. The main areas of cooperation are IQA development in the Oblast, elaboration of professional standards, labor market analysis and other.
Within the EU Project on Support of Professional and Technical Education in the Republic of Kazakhstan, IQA experience in the Kingdom of Denmark and the Federal Republic of Germany has been studied. It has been mainly concluded that the approach currently implemented in Kazakhstan shall comply with the progressive practice of the said countries where specialists’ qualification on all levels are assessed by employers’ associations taking into account industry-specific trends.
Based on the Third Convention of Workers of the Mining and Metallurgical Industry of Kazakhstan in July 2012, delegates supported the proposal on AGMP-based IQA implementation in the mining and metallurgical sector.
With AGMP participation, the RoK Ministry of Industry and New Technologies has recently elaborated draft Compliance and Certification Rules for specialists in the mining and metallurgical sector. The draft is currently undergoing the final approval stage and will be approved shortly. Thus, a required legal framework for IQA implementation in MMC will be created.
On October 3, 2012 AGMP initiated conduction of the third meeting of the Sectoral Council for Technical and Professional Education Development and Training of Personnel for the Mining and Metallurgical Sector under the RoK Ministry of Industry and New Technologies that considered immediate pilot-mode IQA implementation in the mining and metallurgical sector and AGMP presented its work results on elaboration of qualification requirements for 15 specialties.
AGMP employees passed training arranged by NTsA LLP with attraction of experts from the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) according to ISO / IEC 17024 (Compliance Assessment. General Requirements for Certifying Authorities) required for associations to pass accreditation within the pilot project and for IQA centers to start work on the basis of the associations.
Within preparation work on creation of the AGMP-based Certification Center (a personnel assessment and compliance authority), HR Project Department, a specialized structural subdivision, whose work was brought to compliance with the requirements of ISO / IEC 17024 (Compliance Assessment. General Requirements for Certifying Authorities) was created. Thus, upon approval of national standard ST RK ISO / IEC 17024-2012, AGMP will be technically ready to undergo all required procedures for accreditation.