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Second part of the CEPEK training has began


The first part of the CEPEK training had not even been completed, when the focus had to be set on the second training programme. Feedback was collected during the training events, and based on this the lecturers updated their training plans. The aim was that after the study programme had been implemented for the first time, it would be repeated again in a better form, taking into account the prevous experiences.  The training to be given to the second group would be identical withe the previous study programme. The main difference was that Russian teachers would have a greater role in the training. Also, the contents of the trainings were to be finetuned, but there would not be other major changes.

The selection of students for the new programme was made in the factories and 16 people were chosen for the second study programme, which began on 6th and 7th of April. The teachers of PetrSU held then the first lecture for the group, which was the Basics of Economics course. Laready in the following week it was time for the first training given by Jukka Koivukoski from POHTO Ltd.  He lectured about the basics of production planning, which gave the students concrete toosl and information for their everyday work. These, newly learned skills were put into a test during the last week of April, when the students were on a study trip to POHTO.

As with the first training group, which visited POHTO in November, also the new students had a big task in their hands. They had to guide a fictional company, Green Power Ltd, through the risky seas of fertilisation markets in a simulation, which organised in the training factory of POHTO. The students had to use their skills in production planning and management and try to make their company profitable in circumstances, which reminded real life as much as possible. For this excercise POHTO has an actual, working production facility, which is connected to computers. With one computer you can control the production, with others sales, purchases, etc.
The CEO of Green Power Ltd assigns tasks for the staff - who will be responsible for what? 
The teachers of POHTO represented external forces in the simulation - suppliers, bankers, purchasers - whereas the students were responsible for the operations of the company.  Three one hour long sessions were carried out, in which each hour stood for one year in the company's life. After each simulation the accounts of the company were calculated and the auditors informed how the company had fared, whether it made loss or profit. Then it was time to focus on the causes behind the result and to make new plans for next year. A new year was then started and when 60 minutes had gone it was time to see  if the situation had changed.  
The robot of the production line - can the maximum production capacity be reached?
Workers at their tasks - in sales, planning, production and other departments Will there be extra bonuses for the staff - the auditors give their verdict 

The excersice was well liked among the students. It became very clear, how the different parts of the companies are all linked to one other, what kind of cause - impact relations dominate the company's life. The training programme continues again on 12th and 13th of May in Kostomuksha with a new lecture about production planning and management.

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