XUZHOU, China, Jan. 19, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Global construction and mining equipment manufacturer XCMG is hosting five international apprentices for a one-week trip in XCMG's headquarter from January 18 to 24 in Xuzhou, China.
The global program launched in November, 2015 received a total of 3,129 applications from 54 countries around the world.
After several rounds of selection, five winners were announced - Jose Alessandro Silva Costa from Brazil, Bogdan Butyrev from Russia, Russell Jennings from the United States, Sharon Maingi from Kenya and Laiq Shah from Pakistan.
"This is XCMG's first time bringing global apprentices to China for an immersive experience, offering them the opportunity to learn about XCMG while encouraging the communication and exchange in construction machinery industry at the same time," said Xu Xiaohui, General Manager Assistant of XCMG.
A highlight of the cross-cultural and -business communication is that the five apprentices come from very different backgrounds. One of the winners, the 42-year-old Butyrev, now works as director of business development of Asia Pacific region at New Technologies in Transportation (NTT) and has strong interests in construction machinery: "I love the feeling of changing the world and making that a bit better using those huge machines."
The apprentices will join XCMG employees for a comprehensive journey through different departments, labs and factories. During the week, five XCMG employees including research technician, product designer, division manager, sales executive and heavy equipment operator will guide the apprentices in a series of activities such as operating excavator, visiting crane assembly factory and Asia's largest vibration and noise lab among others.
"XCMG is a huge name in construction industry. I, as an engineer, have always been impressed by the ingenuity of XCMG products and the scale of its production. I'm sure I'll learn a lot by looking at this construction industry giant from inside," said Laiq Shah, a 24-year-old student majoring in construction machinery.
The apprentices will not only see XCMG's technology and products, but also the company's history and culture through day-to-day operations.
"Education has always been one of XCMG's key missions and we are dedicated to cultivating innovative talents, in the meantime we also hope to introduce Chinese culture to our international apprentices," said Wangmin, CEO of XCMG.