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Training of Personnel with Specialized Secondary Education
6 September 2022
17:15—18:45
KEY CONCLUSIONS
Russia has recreated the Soviet model, but this is not a tribute to fashion

The Soviet system has been recreated, which today is scaled up in the Professionality project. This is not just some kind of tribute to fashion... But this is a real necessity to prepare the right personnel for the industry — Aleksey Uchenov, Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation.

The Far East is already short of 70 thousand workers with specialized secondary education

One of our key tasks is the creation of new enterprises, attracting investments. What figures do we have already? There are 2,700 enterprises, agreements signed worth RUB 7 trillion, of which RUB 3 trillion have already been invested, 100,000 jobs created, of which 70,000 require professions of secondary vocational education. So, we have a huge need, and the most interesting thing is that this need will increase — Marat Shamyunov, Deputy Minister of the Russian Federation for the Development of the Far East and the Arctic.

It is more effective to train people not for the industry as a whole, but for a specific company and a specific job

It is necessary to train personnel exactly according to the needs of an enterprise, for a specific job. Not for the industry. And then it will have a point effect — Gennadii Levchenko, Director, Far Eastern Shipbuilding College.

It is still customary to deal with the staffing of investment projects as an afterthought

Many investment projects are being implemented, and they will all need personnel. They have different terms for operations. And very often enterprises do not prepare in advance for staffing those enterprises. I mean, figuratively speaking, money is invested in projects, and then the staffing issue is raised at the end. This completely excludes the model when the local education system begins training personnel on the territory of the investment project — Mikhail Ivanov, Deputy General Director, Atom Gold.

The focus of attention of schoolchildren is shifting towards specialized secondary education

From higher education, we see that the focus is on the system of vocational education, also because the quality of this education is growing and there is an understanding that it is also possible to train specialists there — Aleksey Uchenov, Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation.

The potential of using students as a labour force is underestimated compared to graduates

We are absolutely for the development of professionalism and the improvement of the material base of colleges, since the potential of students here can be two to three times higher than that of university graduates. This is absolutely a personnel potential for our employers and partners — Dmitry Paramonov, Commander of the Central Headquarters, All-Russian Youth Public Organization "Russian Student Detachments".

ISSUES
The profession of a teacher of a specialized secondary educational institution in Russia cannot boast of popularity

We all need to work very hard to restore the status and respect for the teacher of secondary vocational education. Now we need to restore the image teachers — Natalia Zolotareva, Acting Rector, Institute for the Development of Vocational Education.

Colleges are unable to attract applicants to unpopular professions

Maybe it even makes sense to work with parents, and not with students. And explain to them that the image of an engineer has changed, that job guarantees have really been created, that the salary level will not be lower. We understand that, of course, the issue here is not only in the infrastructure. Of course, the new Professionality project has been launched. We hope that it will further support the infrastructure development of secondary vocational education institutions. The most important thing is the people who work there — Marat Shamyunov, Deputy Minister of the Russian Federation for the Development of the Far East and the Arctic.

The tax deduction for supporting education does not work yet because of the lack of regional laws

There was an instruction from the Ministry of Finance to introduce an investment tax deduction. This means that all the expenses that an enterprise incurs to modernize the material and technical resources of a vocational education institution ... the income tax payable can be reduced by this amount. It is very important to pay attention that now this law will be adopted, but in order for it to work and actually enable enterprises to use it, it is necessary to adopt laws at the level of the constituent entities of the Federation regulating the deduction. The laws should consider the requirement of tax legislation that any change can be implemented only from a new tax period. It is crucial to adopt these regional laws this year — Mikhail Ivanov, Deputy General Director, Atom Gold.

Business and education consortiums may need additional incentives beyond the tax deduction

There should be attractive support measures. And a tax deduction. Definitely yes. And large investors, they should be part of the Professionality project. We need to think about how to make it possible to go to consortiums and encourage them. Because, for example, in the tourism industry, I have a lot of employers who can potentially also be included in the project — Aleksandra Lebedeva, Deputy Chairman of the Government of the Kamchatka Territory.

The synergetic effect depends on the interest of the business, and this interest is not always there

A dual model of education was introduced in vocational education institutions. Somewhere it took off, but somewhere it didn’t. They started analyzing why. There is no gluing mechanism that would create a greater interest of the employer! — Natalia Zolotareva, Acting Rector, Institute for the Development of Vocational Education.

SOLUTIONS
We must not lose momentum in the popularization of secondary vocational education

We remember the times very recently when you were considered a nobody if did not have a higher education. A higher education certificate was a must. This trend is changing now, and this is a very big thing. This meets today’s requirements – that's all! And here it is very important that we scale up this work and do not lose momentum — Aleksey Uchenov, Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation.

The authorities will try to re-link professions to industries

The demand for getting a secondary vocational education is obvious. There is a really sharp change in the trend. This is an indicator that specific professions are in demand. The task is to tie it to the industry, this is very important. But Professionality project is not only about this, although it is primarily about this It is about changing the very philosophy of education in the vocational education system — Alexander Bugaev, First Deputy Minister of Enlightenment of the Russian Federation.

The Far Eastern mortgage should be extended, there is a little demand from teachers for it

One of the solutions in the direction of support is the Far Eastern mortgage. According to my data, after the launch of the programme, 2,800 applications have already been submitted among teachers, of which 1,900 have been approved. Looking ahead a little, we hope that the programme will be extended and we will be able to continue to support the teaching staff — Marat Shamyunov, Deputy Minister of the Russian Federation for the Development of the Far East and the Arctic.

State support for investment projects should be made dependent on the support of specialized educational organizations by these investment projects

I would synchronize plans for the Professionality project and plans for state support measures for investment projects. If we see that a large-scale project is being implemented and a large number of jobs will be created in one place or another, then one of the criteria for state support for the project should be cooperation with an educational institution and joint implementation of this project in terms of training personnel: as part of the Professionality project, with the help of the Professionality project... They must be synchronized, because, in general, one thing is done for the other — Mikhail Ivanov, Deputy General Director, Atom Gold.

Small and medium businesses could be allowed to participate in consortiums with education

If we are talking about the Professionality project, then this is potentially small and medium-sized businesses. Now the Ministry of Education is working on allowing small and medium-sized businesses into consortiums — Natalia Zolotareva, Acting Rector, Institute for the Development of Vocational Education.

The shipbuilding college decided to attract sixth graders because in the ninth-grade students no longer see themselves in this industry

Professions and qualifications that are related to the service sector may be prestigious, and jobs in shipbuilding and ship repair are, of course, difficult. Parents also have to persuade them, and work has to be done with enterprises. Vocational educations institutions alone will not be able to recruit applicants and convince parents. They have to work with parents, they have to explain how much the student needs it, how much the family needs it... We used to work with ninth graders, now we are reconsidering our attitude towards applicants and plan to start working from the sixth grade, creating specialized classes and conducting professional tests to convince them, and telling parents what the child will have, what they will get from it — Gennadii Levchenko, Director, Far Eastern Shipbuilding College.