Tatyana Golikova: Development of Education – a key task

“Our key task is to ensure the development of our education system and development of skills that will give both young people and adults an opportunity to grow professionally. We need to ensure the development of great labor mobility in our country,” said Deputy Prime Minister of Russia Tatiana Golikova.

 On May 21 a plenary discussion “Professional Update: educational ecosystem for people of the new economy” was held within the framework of the Conference Programme of the WorldSkills Russia National Competition.

Tatyana Golikova stressed the importance of training, retraining, and high labor mobility. In particular, she said, “over the past three years, 1748 young people moved to the Far East region.” It is a big number because these are highly demanded qualified people. People who can realize themselves there.

In addition, the Deputy PM noted the importance of the Internet resource “Working in Russia”. “62 million people have used this website during the period of its existence. Thanks to the information provided on this resource, many people have received or acquired a new profession. From a static information resource it is now transformed into an interactive resource that provides opportunities for professional training, and is already working together with Worldskills,” said Tatiana Golikova.

Together with the support of the “Rosatom” state corporation and in cooperation with the Boston Consulting Group, the Union “Young Professionals (Worldskills Russia)” has conducted a worldwide study of the challenges that the future economy is facing. According to the study, by 2030, the personnel imbalances in the world will hit more than 1.4 billion people. This is not only about young people but also representatives of all the other age categories. According to expert estimates, the losses of the world economy due to skill mismatches of workers with the demands of the labor market may reach up to 5 trillion dollars (6%) of global GDP.

President of the Republic of Tatarstan Rustam Minnikhanov, the Minister of Higher Education and Scinece Mikhail Kotyukov, President of WorldSkills International Simon Bartley, Director General of “Rosatom” State Atomic Energy Corporation Alexei Likhachev, as well as Russian and foreign experts participated in the discussion on this topic. Robert Urazov, Director General of the Union “Young Professionals (Worldskills Russia)” moderated the plenary discussion.

“One needs to know how to apply knowledge to solve a variety of practical problems. This is one of the main components of the national project – development of practice-oriented educational programmes, where special attention is paid to practical activities, interaction with the future employer,” said Mikhail Kotyukov.

According to Simon Bartley, it is important that educational programmes meet the needs of the labor market, including the future needs. “The key question is whether at universities and colleges we are still using the model of education based on the past, and not on the future?” said the President of WorldSkills International. He believes that Worldskills International motto – “The future is in your hands” is a response to this challenge. Every person is responsible for his or her educational and professional trajectory choice.

Alexei Likhachev said that the modern economy is very dynamic, so every person regularly faces the problem of choosing his or her further career. “Every 2-3 years I feel like I am doing something wrong, that I was not taught what I actually and that I need to reboot everything – it is a normal human feeling,” said the Director General of Rosatom. “Get one degree at 20 years old, another one at 30, learn English at 40, and at 50 do something completely new yet based on previously gained knowledge is not an exceptional but quite realistic story.”

He noted the importance of holding the WorldSkills Russia National Competition and WorldSkills Competition Kazan for the formation of a modern system of vocational training. “It is necessary that these success stories, these growth points gave an impulse for the development of a national standard of personnel training. Most importantly, a person needs to be in the center of this system,” said Alexei Likhachev.


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The 7th WorldSkills Russia National Competition is the largest skills competition according to WorldSkills standards in Russia. On May 21-23, more than 1500 competitors will compete in Kazan in 91 skills. Holding the WorldSkills Russia National Competition facilitates the introduction of the best international practices into the system of national education, improves the image of skilled jobs and improves the quality of vocational training.

More than 30 breakout sessions with representatives of public authorities, businesses and educational institutions are to be held within the framework of the Conference Programme of the WorldSkills Russia National Competition. Among the topics of the agenda are the discussion of the national team training, industrial growth personnel standard, summing up the regional competitions, development of the Expert Community, projects for youth as well as conducting trainings and seminars by the partners of the movement.

For more information about the Conference Programme, please refer toделовая-программа/