Kruševac: “Dunipak” company in Kruševac, involved in the production of cardboard packaging, participated, within the current call for on-the-job training, in the “Education to Employment” programme. This is their second time since they have trained the workers in the same way in the middle of 2019.
“We believe that this programme is beneficial and so we decided to take part, to support it in this way. As it happened, we first learnt about this programme in Switzerland where we went to purchase some machinery. Then, shortly after we came back, we learnt that the programme is implemented in Kruševac. Our idea was to get involved so as to help the programme come alive in Serbia because we thought the idea to be good and sound”, Nikola Deljanin said. Together with his brother Dušan, he is the second generation working in their family company called “Dunipak”.
He noted that the first training programme went well and that some of the youth who underwent the training have afterwards remained to work in the company. Because of this positive experience, they decided to implement one more training.
“The programme is useful, particularly at this time when skilled and quality workers are lacking on the labour market and we need to create them ourselves“, he explained.
According to him, the training which he underwent as a mentor within the “Education to Employment” project meant a lot to him.
“I learnt about some new techniques and applied them. Here I mean, in the first place, the teaching techniques, such as how to present the training to the employees, in what sequence. That is one of the benefits of the project.“
In order to train the workers to suit the needs of its production facility, which has been active for more than two decades, “Dunipak” developed an internal training system.
Deljanin said that it suits them most when they employ workers who are experienced in production since they have already developed their work habits and know their responsibilities. They train those workers to make them suit the company’s needs.
“When a person experienced in our line of work comes to us, that has both good and bad points. It is good that such person is familiar with production and what it requires, and it is bad that it usually means that such person worked with smaller-scale packaging where different organisation and procedures apply”, he specified.
In order to reach the best-quality staff, “Dunipak” uses several channels.
“First we publish the vacancies on the portals. Then we also employ people who are recommended to us. We have developed a system of references in which our employees recommend a person they know. If a new worker proves himself well, we decide to keep him and the person who recommended him gets a one-time bonus. Also, people come to ask for a job because we are widely recognised as a good employer”, Deljanin said.
Their production is seasonal in character and there are periods when they need more workers and the periods when they need fewer workers. This means that they employ some people for a limited period of time. However, he said that they try to identify quality staff among them and then they keep them.
After this year’s two-month training, which was implemented this summer within the “Education to Employment” project, three out of the total of five trainees got a job.
Notably, “Dunipak” has been active since 1998. It employs about seventy people. It produces cardboard packaging. It processes about 5.5 tons of cardboard a year, which places the company among middle-size producers. In the four production facilities, covering the surface of more than 2.5 thousand square meters, there are 17 machines. They say that their reliability and flexibility are their advantages. They have numerous buyers and some companies from the automotive sector are among them. Their goal is to, through new business deals, activate the second shift in their production facility and thus provide jobs for further thirty people.
Text and photo: Jelena Božović / Edited by: Sandra Vlatković