As one of the largest Croatian companies with a significant role in the Croatian economy, INA strives to open its door to young, educated professionals and to offer them support during schooling through different scholarship programs and other initiatives encouraging a desire for further development, and to give them a chance to start their career at INA once they complete their schooling.
For years, INA has been successfully collaborating with students by participating in or independently implementing a series of projects aimed at students. Amongst other things, cooperation agreements were signed in 2015 with the four student associations eStudent, AIESEC Croatia, Studentski.hr and BEST.
After successfully getting closer to university students through numerous programs, INA also expanded its initiative to high school students. As a result, collaboration was established with the most famous portal amongst high school students: Srednja.hr.
The Growww Program is aimed at recruiting young talents of various professional backgrounds. INA decided to launch the Growww Program in 2010, driven by the belief that educated, talented and motivated employees are the key to success for new business challenges. All of INA’s past Growww Programs had great success, with thousands of applicants, and over the past four years, INA recruited more than 350 highly educated trainees.
Within the context of this structured program, challenging business objectives are put before trainees which they realize under the guidance of a mentor, an experienced colleague who follows them in their work. In addition, every trainee is assigned a “buddy”, a former Growww trainee, who is responsible for exchanging knowledge and familiarizing trainees with work and colleagues on an informal level to facilitate and accelerate adaptation to the new working environment.
During the traineeship, trainees undergo business education to learn about all company segments and the wide spectrum of business events, as well as INA's refineries and oil and gas processing plants.
Croatian students this year again participated in international online competition Freshhh, whose aim is to bring the petroleum industry closer to young people of various professions and to interest them in working in this dynamic segment, of which INA is part as well.
The competition involves three-member teams composed of students from technical and business faculties who play the challenging online game “MOiL Tycoon“, where they manage a virtual oil company. It’s not easy, they have to take risks and make the right business decisions based on a detailed market analysis.
The best teams win cash prizes, participation in the final competition in Budapest and/or the possibility to partake in the Growww Program.
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In 2014 INA launched, for the first time, Junior Freshhh online competition for high school students. By resolving challenging tasks in mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology, and geography - in three-member teams - students from all Croatian regions, had competed for valuable prizes.
Winners awarded valuable prizes; iPad Air for the first place, Kindle Paperwhite 2 for the second place, and a package of equipment for on-line learning for the third place, as well as visits to INA plants for all three places. A special award, 3D printer, was given to the school with the highest number of participating teams in the Junior Freshhh competition.
This full-time postgraduate course (two semesters) is for candidates who hold a corresponding BSc, MSc or equivalent degrees obtained in the fields of chemistry, chemical engineering, information technology, applied mathematics, economics or business administration. Advanced level English is a must and some working, particularly industrial experience would be an advantage. PIMS Academy runs biannually.
The program’s goal is to educate specialists in petroleum industry for MOL Group, who are able to deal with supply chain management (SCM) business activities, modeling and optimizing the entire value chain, exploiting the maximum capabilities of refining, logistics, commercial and petrochemicals.
The program provides marketable professional education on a full-time basis. MOL Group gives substantial financial support to the curriculum and participants will be offered a uniform incentive system during the course. Candidates with outstanding performances will have the opportunity to be part of a dynamic and international team of MOL Group.
More information about the program: http://scopi.mik.uni-pannon.hu/
INA launched in 2011 a competition for the selection of the best professor of mathematics, physics and chemistry under the name “Best Mentor”. This competition was conceptualized to give students from technical/technological, natural sciences and geo sciences faculties the opportunity to nominate a high school professor who inspired them to learn and to advance and who instilled in them a love for natural sciences.