FutureSkills is one of the priority initiatives of the WorldSkills Russia movement, aimed at advanced staff training. The development of the project is due to rapid global changes in the field of technology and industry, putting forward new requirements for workers and their training.
FutureSkills main tracks are aimed at designing new skills, highly demanded in the conditions of digital economics, detecting transforming skills and finding ‘safe havens’ for particular people who risk being pushed out of their profession.
Each of the tracks is divided into 3 branches: research, practice and training.
Searching for an answer to the question of how the world of professions will change in the 21st century. The rapid automation and robot application in all spheres of production, emergence of new technologies, and rearrangement of social ties together with growing complexity all make a serious impact on what our activities and workplace look like. One of the global missions of the FutureSkills Research branch is to identify technological and social trends that will most likely affect our labor market in conditions of digital economy. In order to prevent all the expected negative consequences, Russian and international experts from the spheres of business, education, and public administration make a joint effort to determine what skills should future specialists have.
FutureSkills Research branch is generally represented by foresight sessions. In 2016-2017, a series of sessions on new and transforming skills in the aerospace industry, metallurgy, and IT was held. The results of these sessions will be presented in the framework of the Business Programme of the WorldSkills Russia National Competition in Krasnodar. Besides, a foresight session on transforming skills will be held with participation of Russian and international WorldSkills experts.
This branch represents the approbation of research results conducted at competitions according to WorldSkills Standards. FutureSkills competitions were for the first time presented at the WorldSkills Hi-Tech 2014 in Yekaterinburg. The list of future skills is gradually expanding.
Within the framework of the Fifth WorldSkills Russia National Competition, the FutureSkills project is represented by a block of 9 less-common but promising skills which have not yet been standardized:
Prototype Modelling, Aerocosmic Engineering, Industrial Robotics, Reverse Engineering, Composite Technology, Genome Engineering, Drone Operating, Laser Technology and Manufacturing Team Challenge
The branch supposes use of already developed skills aimed at creating new educational programs for training of specialists of the future.