In August 1943, a factory training school, a prototype of vocational schools, was opened in Norilsk.
Students were transported from the mainland, recruited in Norilsk and Dudinka: 14–17-year-old boys and girls were mobilized to study as if to the front line. They were trained to be carpenters, bricklayers, plasterers, woodcutters, metalworkers, chemists, power engineers, railway workers.
They studied in three shifts, one at night. During the first six months, the school prepared 819 workers of 70 professions for the Norilsk combine.
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Text: Svetlana Samokhina, Photo: Nornickel Polar Branch archive