“My wife was invited to a free Estonian language course and she also teaches me,” says Vladyslav. If the Estonian expressions do not come to mind immediately, Roman makes himself understood in a mixed English-Estonian language. “I could also work in another field in Estonia, but then I would need to learn the Estonian language properly.” When the factory is busy, they prefer to communicate in Russian. “Fortunately, the locals don’t laugh at my knowledge of the Estonian language,” adds Eduard. He has not yet decided whether he would really like to live in Estonia: “The future will show what thoughts will come.” He appreciates the fact that Hansavest also found a job for his wife in a woodworking factory and helped to rent a separate apartment for the family. Vladyslav’s adult children also recently arrived in Estonia. “I have helped my children buy apartments in their homeland and they hope to return home, no matter what. But my wife and I want to live our pre-retirement years in a society with more order. We are currently renting an apartment offered by Hansavest and I am applying for a loan to buy my own apartment in Estonia.” When Roman arrived in Estonia, he thought that he would work here for a short time and now discusses: “Over the course of five years, I have had opportunities to really establish myself in Estonia in, but for me home is still in the country of my birth.”
Why stay and work in Estonia?
“I am very grateful to Estonia for allowing us to work here,” says CNC operator Vladyslav, who worked as a lathe operator in his homeland. “If something changes in production, the worker will still be given opportunities to make a living here. In Estonia, I am sure of my future and the salary corresponds to my contribution, I can live.” “Fortunately, there is a lot of work. I just came, looked and settled down. I did as explained. There were good impressions. With each order, I learn something more about standards and drawings.” Welder Roman was previously a locksmith-fitter. “Former colleagues explained everything to me at first, now we work together and help each other. It is also good to work with Estonians, we understand each other. I have recommended many people to come to work in Estonia. My brother came here and some friends too. Everyone is happy and no one has complained.”
They did not worry when they came to work in another country, because the work methods are similar to some extent and it is possible to get to know the specifics of each company. When asked what could be better in the factory, after much thought, they answer that the air cleaning systems in the workplaces could be further improved.
The workers’ personal manager Martin often hears good things about Hansavest from the workers. According to him, Eduard, Roman and Vladyslav are very hard-working employees and cooperation with Finmec is going well. “We react quickly to changes in our company and we are trusted. For example, during the restrictions, our work did not stop,” explains production manager Andrei. “The equipment is modern, we are currently in the process of renewing the mechanical engineering and increasing the production efficiency of the factory. We are planning to build a new production building and we need more employees. There is no need to be afraid. You have to come here to try it if you have already worked in this field for a while and you are familiar with the manufacturing field. Our team is friendly and we gladly welcome new employees.”