About JuniorSkills

JuniorSkills is a programme for schoolchildren’s early career guidance and professional training launched in 2014 by Volnoe Delo Oleg Deripaska Foundation together with WorldSkills Russia, Agency for Strategic Initiatives, Ministry of Industry and Trade, and Ministry of Education and Science.


  • Each schoolchild is given an opportunity to try his hand at different professions and spheres, including future skills, learn from professionals as well as explore and even get a profession by the time of graduating from school.

Purpose of programme:

  • Creation of new opportunities for career guidance and acquiring modern and future skills by schoolchildren according to WorldSkills movement tools, based on best domestic and international practices.

Objectives of programme:


  • Development of "occupational standards" for the WorldSkills skills-list and "future skills” for schoolchildren
  • Development of a comprehensive system of competitions in professional skills for schoolchildren
  • Development of a mass and complete training system for schoolchildren including: teaching professional skills, industrial expeditions, technical camps, professional tests, projects, communities etc.
  • Professional development for teachers participating in the programme
  • Creation of the programme infrastructure: regional coordinators, expert communities, Skills Centers
  • Development of JuniorSkills as part of the WorldSkills Russia movement
  • Development of JuniorSkills as Russia’s international initiative


Key components

  • JuniorSkills Standards: rules and standards for schoolchildren’s vocational training, holding JuniorSkills competitions according to WorldSkills methods, creating JuniorSkills development infrastructure.
  • JuniorSkills Competitions System: skills competitions among schoolchildren (municipal, regional, district, corporate, national) within the system of WorldSkills Russia competitions.
  • JuniorSkills Academy: teaching schoolchildren basics of professional and general skills; training and certification of experts.
  • JuniorSkills professional practices: participation of schoolchildren in the development and implementation of social, labor and business projects based on the practical application of their own professional and general skills.
  • JuniorSkills development infrastructure: intersectoral working groups, regional coordination centers, specialized Skills Centers, expert communities.

Achievements and results

  • Official start of the JuniorSkills programme at the first WorldSkills Hi-Tech in Yekaterinburg (October 30 to November 2, 2014) More than 100 juniors aged 10-17 competed at the same site together with professionals in 8 hi-tech skills.
  • In 2014, JuniorSkills becomes a part of the national movement according to the WorldSkills Russia General Assembly.
  • In his message to the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation in 2014 and 2015, Vladimir Putin marked the juniors’ success and Russia’s primacy in holding such competitions as well as suggested uniting JuniorSkills and WorldSkills competitions into “Young professionals” system.
  • On March 5, 2015 JuniorSkills competitions were included into the activity plan aimed at improving attractiveness of vocational occupations in Russia by order of the Chairman of the Government of the Russian Federation.
  • On March 5, 2015 the newly established Agency Union “WorldSkills Russia” together with Volnoe Delo Oleg Deripaska Foundation have concluded an agreement on strategic partnership in the framework of the JuniorSkills programme and created a joint directorate.
  • In 2015, two JuniorSkills National Competitions in 13 skills were held: WorldSkills Russia National Competition in Kazan and WorldSkills Hi-Tech in Yekaterinburg. Junior teams for the Competition were selected by the leading enterprises.
  • By Order of the President of the Russian Federation of September 21, 2015 JuniorSkills is included into the strategic initiative “New model of additional education for children.”
  • In 2015, Belarus joined JuniorSkills movement.
  • In 2016, first competitions in three skills based on JuniorSkills programme were held in the USA.
  • In 2016, 33 regions of Russia held JuniorSkills competitions in 27 skills, where 1360 schoolchildren and 670 experts and mentors took part. In addition, signing of “road maps” of the JuniorSkills movement’s development in regions has started.
  • 173 schoolchildren (83 teams), 137 mentors and experts from 20 regions of Russia, Switzerland and Belarus participated in the second JuniorSkills National Competition in 17 skills in the framework of the WorldSkills Russia National Competition. International delegation of 5 countries got acquainted with the JuniorSkills movement.
  • The third JuniorSkills Hi-Tech was held in the framework of the third WorldSkills Hi-Tech in 14 skills, including a presentational skill Aircraft maintenance, developed together with the state corporation «United Aircraft Corporation.” Among the participants were 168 juniors (80 teams), 100 mentors and experts from 20 regions of Russia and Belarus.


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