Competence Centers will be introduced in Russia as part of the leading engineering universities

To improve the effectiveness of the reforms undertaken in recent years in the vocational education system, the leading engineering universities of Russia must host competence centers for training of teachers, tutors, and experts. Such a suggestion was made on November 1 by Andrey Belousov, Presidential Aide, at the plenary session of the III National Championship of Cross-Industry Working Professions in High-Tech Industries (Worldskills Hi-Tech 2016) in Yekaterinburg.

“So far, we have created almost all prerequisites for modernization of secondary vocational education system. We have examples of advanced additional education, talent selection system, and 50 jobs of the future. Putting it all together is a mission set for the next 3 years. We need to start the process that will reform this system. To do that, in the leading engineering universities of the country we need to create competence centers in the leading engineering universities of the country to train teachers, masters, WorldSkills experts that must play a key role in this process,” - said Andrey Belousov.

According to Lyudmila Ogorodova, Deputy Minister of Education and Science of the Russian Federation, over 100 thousand teachers and 25 thousand vocational trainers are already involved in the vocational education system. 20% of the teachers have come straight from the pedagogical universities without any professional education and production experience. Nearly half of the trainers have not graduated from higher educational institutions.

Organizational gaps between educational programs and industrial technology appeared in terms of staffing the economy due to “their rapid change and the demand for them from the part of high-tech industries.”

“Today we are talking about the National Technology Initiative and, consequently, about future jobs and future skills vocational institution graduates should have. The Ministry of Education and Science, together with the WorldSkills Russia Union and the ASI, while discharging the commission from the Russian President as to the development of vocational educational system, is working out a new model of teachers’ training,” said Lyudmila Ogorodova.

The system of inter-regional centers for training, retraining and advanced training of personnel has already involved 700 vocational trainers.

“The Ministry of Education and Science of Russia, together with the representatives of the real sector of economy, opens training polygons based on inter-regional competence centers for staff training in accordance with international standards. The necessary infrastructure is being created to make sure that teachers have facilities and means for working and imparting their skills,” said Lyudmila Ogorodova.

Andrey Nikitin, Director General of the Agency for Strategic Initiatives (ASI), emphasized that often the existing training system does not meet the objectives that investors set when coming to a certain region of the Russian Federation.

“The standard of industrial growth staffing, which we are introducing in pilot regions, will help create the necessary management model for training system and bring the existing vocational education system up to the challenges the country is facing,” said Andrey Nikitin.