17 february 2017

CSR «North-West» and SUAI Have Joined the FutureSkills International Workgroup

On February 16, 2017  Robert Urazov,  CEO of the Union of Young Professionals (WorldSkills Russia), Marina Lipetskaya, Director of  the Center for Strategic Research “North-West” Foundation  and Yulia Antokhina,  Rector of SUARI, signed a memorandum of understanding for the participants of the  FutureSkills international working group The document was signed within the framework of the “FutureSkills: New Human Resources for the IoT and IT” design session, hosted by  Boiling Point co-working center in St. Petersburg.

The memorandum makes provisions for establishment of an international FutureSkills  working group within the WorldSkills movement, focused on sectoral and cross-sectoral competences of the future that will be most in demand in the next decade.  The international group will include representatives of national teams of the WorldSkills movement, global industrial partners, national educational institutions and national or international NGOs.

"We joined the FutureSkills project several months ago and are ready to come up with concrete project proposals on testing advanced competencies on the basis of the Internet of Things School (SUAI) in the near future," announced Marina Lipetskaya, Director of the Center for Strategic Research "North-West" Foundation.

Members of the international working group are joining efforts to conduct the  qualitative analysis of changes expected in some competencies, as well as factors stimulating these changes, to quantify the potential effects. Upon completion of the research, the working group will develop and test the "competencies of the future" at WorldSkills championships, and later will create a platform for upgrading existing educational programs to ensure quality education in these areas.

Yulia Antokhina, Rector of St. Petersburg State University of Aerospace Instrumentation (SUAI), spoke about plans for their activities under the agreement: "We have been participating in the WorldSkills Russia movement for a long time - this is a very interesting topic. In the context of a number of considered professions, we see opportunities for working together for the near future. We are ready to provide both a platform and expert instructors in this field. We hope that the agreement would give an opportunity for our students to gain practical experience in this sphere”.

FutureSkills is a Russian initiative for holding competitions of competence representing the professions of the future and for research in the field of new professions in the framework of WorldSkills Russia and WorldSkills Hi-Tech championships.  Development of the project is driven by rapid global changes in the field of technology and manufacturing, which dictate new requirements for personnel and its training. One of the global missions of the FutureSkills research direction is to identify social and technology trends having the biggest impact on labor market in Industry 4.0 - the fourth industrial revolution, which will result in the digitization of all physical assets and the complex change of the digital ecosystem with the use of a wide range of technologies. The revolution may lead to fully automated production, and, a result, part of the employees of  industrial enterprises can lose their  jobs.  To prevent the expected negative consequences, experts from all over the world are discussing the skills that would be essential at automated enterprises, with the aim of developing new educational programs to prepare the workforce for jobs that will be in-demand in future.

The pilot forum  aimed at creating a vision for the future competencies,  within the framework of the "Young Professionals" movement (WorldSkills Russia), organized jointly with the Global Education Futures , was held in Kazan in May 2015 with participation of 35 national teams..  Participants of WorldSkills Hi-Tech international championship, which has been held annually in Yekaterinburg since 2014, presented a whole range of competencies in the sphere of "smart production", product lifecycle management, new competencies in industrial robotics, including neurocomputer interfaces etc. All these preliminary events create the ground for organizing the agenda and practices in the sphere of "competences of the future", which WorldSkills Russia has been developing from 2016.