On April 19, the Agency for Strategic Initiatives (ASI) launched a project ‘Personnel of Tomorrow for Russia’s Regions’ within the framework of the Moscow International Education Fair 2018. Anastasia Zyryanova, Director of the Department of the State Policy in general education of the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation, shared about the first steps in the project’s implementation. 

According to her, talented school students aged from 14 to 17 coming from different regions of Russia will become the project’s participants. Today the project covers 6 regions: the Republic of Tatarstan, Perm Krai, the Tula region, the Ulyanovsk region, the Moscow region, and the Tyumen region. According to the plan, the project of working with young personnel will be introduced in all regions of the Russian Federation in 3-4 years.ё


The main goal of the project is forming regional leadership groups of young people who want to contribute to the development of their regions. As stated by Anastasia Zyryanova, ASI considers this project an important element of support and development system of children’s creativity and talent. Today, this system is in active development in Russia. It includes the so-called ‘Quantoriums’ (technological parks for children), regional ‘Sirius’ centres, additional education and children’s creativity centres, and modern industries. 

One of the main tasks of the project is enriching the existing support programmes of talented children and young people. Under the supervision of mentors, the children will be able to try their hands at different social and professional fields, economic branches, and key enterprises. ASI finds work-based training an integral element in individual educational way of schoolchildren. 

“Our task is to work out mechanisms of motivation and strengthening talents of children in our region. The tools we can use are vocational guidance system, deferred employment contract, employer-sponsored education, internships and training, dual education, and so on”, said Anastasia Zyryanova. 


The initiative will be implemented in 4 phases. Phase one presupposes competitive selection of participants on the Global Talents web-portal. The second phase includes three-day study at the 'Governor School' where students will acquire project activity skills. The formation of mentoring pairs will follow the selection of the best participants. The third phase is implementation of individual programmes. This will provide the participants with real project activity experience. The last phase is presentation of the completed projects in international children’s centres within the framework of the all-Russian Mentor Forum. 

The project was first tested in the Ulyanovsk region. Svetlana Chupsheva, General Director of ASI, signed a contract on the programme’s support with Sergey Morozov, governor of the region. 

According to Svetlana Chupsheva, today it is important to realise all sides of children’s and young people’s talents, to show how much regions they live in and Russia as a whole need them. The ‘Personnel of Tomorrow for Russia’s Regions’ initiative will identify highly-motivated and talented young people. It will support and motivate them to actively take part in the region’s development. The project will help the young find interesting and highly-paid work after finishing their education. According to Svetlana Chupsheva, this initiative is a project of tomorrow, which will develop rapidly in all regions of the Russian Federation. 

Viktoria Yezhova, news agency of the Eurasian Women’s Community

Photos by Aleksandra Shilova, ASI Press service 

Translated by Nikolay Gavrilov