During the pandemic there was a significant increase in the number of citizens registered at job centres, with the figure peaking at 3.7 million. Today, there are around 1 million people on the books at employment centres, but a breakdown of those currently registered shows us that 58% of these citizens have neither a higher education or secondary vocational education qualification. Long-term educational programmes should be looking to target these citizens — Anton Kotyakov, Minister of Labour and Social Protection of the Russian Federation.
47% [of university graduates] don’t work in their field. This means that the state isn’t seeing a return on the funds it’s investing in people… There is no mechanism allowing school leavers to properly respond to the expectations of employers, with an understanding of where they can expect to be in five years, that there are people waiting to employ them and happy to provide a guaranteed job with certain perks — Irina Yarovaya, Deputy Chairman of the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation.
Employment services lack nuance when dealing with unemployed people, seeing people as unemployed whether they are a woman with a small child, a pre-retiree, a recent graduate or somebody who have been employed as a worker for many years. They are all unemployed in different ways — Dmitry Platygin, General Director, Federal State Budgetary Institution "All-Russian Research Institute of Labor" of the Ministry of Labor and Social Protection of the Russian Federation.
We have traditionally focused on primary training alone. For example, all educational reforms look exclusively at the student and the school pupil, which is to say the person receiving an education for the first time. What the experience will be like for adults is never discussed. There are certain problems affecting adult learning institutions — Robert Urazov, General Director, Professional Skills Development Agency (WorldSkills Russia).