The annual «Golden Hephaestus» competition is held within the frame of the «Astana Mining & Metallurgy» (AMM) Congress. Specialists in the field of geology, mining and metallurgy, representatives of designing, scientific, educational establishments and enterprises, as well as journalists writing about the mining and metallurgical sector in the Republic of Kazakhstan are invited for participation.
The «Golden Hephaestus» competition is highly essential for the participants of the industry. It is the most prestigious award of the republican significance for the mining and metallurgical complex specialists. The first Golden Hephaestus statuette was presented to Nursultan Nazarbayev, the first President of the Republic of Kazakhstan, whereby setting a high level of professional and innovative requirements for the projects of the future competition participants.
Today, more than 350 mining and 270 metallurgical companies with more than 200 thousand employees work in the industry. The competition jury apprise companies achievements in the mining industry, therefore increasing status and competitiveness of specialists and stimulating them for constant growth and development of their professional skills.
The «Golden Hephaestus» includes 13 nominations: Professional of the year (three nominations), Project of the year, Leader in Kazakhstan content, Scientist and Teacher of the year, Diploma work of the year, Leader of the year in innovations, Media-project of the year (three nominations), Best digital-solution in the mining industry, Best foreign partner.
Traditionally the call for applications starts in January and continue till May. Winners in 13 categories defined by the jury consisting of reputable specialists of the industry and representatives of state structures.
The rewarding of winners takes place on the First Day of the AMM Congress. Projects, which win in the competition, receive the financial award, students have the opportunity for an internship in significant companies, articles of journalists publish in international media. The Golden Hephaestus competition is actively supported by the Ministry of Industry and Infrastructure Development of the Republic of Kazakhstan, and Eurasian Group (ERG) is the General Partner of the competition.