Natalia Komarova, Governor of the Khanty-Mansiysk Autonomous Okrug – Ugra, held a video conference with high school students from St. Petersburg, Nizhnevartovsk and Izluchinsk – finalists of the educational programme "EnerGenious". The event was attended by Kirill Molodtsov, Advisor to Chief of Staff of the Presidential Executive Office, Vladimir Litvinenko, Rector of St. Petersburg Mining University, Victor Martynov, Rector of Gubkin University, Valentin Mamaev, General Director of JSC "Samotlorneftegas", Vlada Streletskaya, Director of the Russian National Committee of the World Petroleum Council.
The RNC of the WPC educational programme "EnerGenious" is focused on attracting talented youth to the oil and gas industry. The programme lasted for 5 months and included classes in winter schools organised in Nizhnevartovsk and Norwegian Stavanger, as well as a case marathon, during which high school students, under the guidance of mentors, prepared projects for the development of offshore oil and gas fields. The final presentation of the projects and the identification of winners took place last week in St. Petersburg, at the site of the Mining University.
Welcoming the finalists of the “EnerGenious” programme, N. Komarova stressed that the path passed by the participants and organisers is an important step, which allows moving forward and achieving new goals. "The “EnerGenious” programme helps high school students make a conscious choice of profession, show their talents, unlock their potential", – noted the Governor of Ugra.
According to K.Molodtsov, in a number of various approaches to professional orientation of youth the novelty and appeal of the programme "EnerGenious" is shown in allowing high school students to participate in the decision of actual practical problems process.
"Our educational programme "EnerGenious" has aroused great interest. We counted on the participation of ten high school students, and in fact the audience has expanded almost five times," – said V.Streletskaya. She said that the surveys conducted at the beginning of the programme and at its final stage indicate the increased attractiveness of the oil and gas industry in the eyes of the programme participants. About 90% of “EnerGenious” winter school graduates said that they intended to link their professional destiny with oil and gas.
According to RNC of the WPC Director, the “EnerGenious” programme is an example of effective cooperation between government authorities, industry companies and educational institutions. "We hope that this cooperation will develop," concluded V. Streletskaya.
The Governor of the Khanty-Mansiysk Autonomous Okrug – Ugra N. Komarova highly appreciated the "EnerGenious" programme and highlighted that this positive experience should be further developed. In particular, the heads of oil and gas companies of the Autonomous Okrug were recommended to create temporary jobs for high school students, allowing schoolchildren to get involved in practical tasks during the holidays – of course, provided that all safety measures are taken.
V. Mamaev, General Director of JSC Samotlorneftegaz, said that the company is ready to sign contracts on target education in the specialised universities with the winners of the case marathon "EnerGenious" – students of Rosneft class from Nizhnevartovsk.
Rector V.Martynov suggested next year to hold a final stage of the “EnerGenious” case marathon at Gubkin University.
The educational project "EnerGenious" is the initial stage of the RNC of the WPC programme "Energy League", designed to facilitate the involvement of talented and enterprising young people in the industry, to help their professional training and career development. The programme is organised by the Russian National Committee of the World Petroleum Council with the support of the authorities of St. Petersburg and Khanty-Mansiysk Autonomous Okrug – Ugra, St. Petersburg Mining University, Gubkin University, the International Competence Centre for Mining-Engineering Education under the auspices of UNESCO and oil and gas companies.