Local Workers are More Invested
Nurlybek Kussyrakov, a road construction specialist, says many of the new hires are young, some are recent school graduates. This helps keep young men at home and occupied. And Kussyrakov says one of the advantages of employing local people is that they are invested in the long term quality of the road. They want it to meet international standards and they want it to last.
The road construction near Akzharma, in the Kyzylorda Region, began in 2010. The project has created 16,479 new jobs for citizens of the area. Tursynbay Akhmetov is an adviser at a Kyzylorda-based road construction company. He says the emphasis on young employees is no accident.
"Currently our company employs about 700 people for the road reconstruction. Later the number of workers may increase because the volume of work is increasing. We try to make an accent on young workers. They are the future of our road sector."
The complexities of road building are helping train a new generation of Kazakh engineers. The project is a great teaching tool for national companies who work as subcontractors under the general contractors, many of which are international in scope and expertise.
"Our company tried to compete for the bid within the project but we did not meet certain requirements and could not become a general contractor. Now we are working as a subcontractor with an Italian company to reconstruct 40 kilometers of the road," Tursynbay Akhmetov says. "Thanks to this cooperation our workers learned how to build an international road. Their knowledge improved, they learned how to work with new appliances and machinery."
Akhmetov says his workers are now ready to compete for international bids. "The quality of our work is not lower than that of Italian or Turkish companies," he says.