Work with young experts and interaction with educational institutions

To implement the Program for Innovation Development and a policy for young experts, Zarubezhneft JSC is actively interacting with the Russian Federation’s leading higher education institutions in terms of recruiting and selecting high-potential students, moving students into production practice and organizing employee retraining and advanced training. The Company has concluded cooperation agreements and organized scientific and technical interaction with each higher-education institution, thus enabling to quickly resolve issues to do with the training of Zarubezhneft JSC Group’s employees and young experts. This cooperation is implemented across various fields of activity, including professional training, scientific and technical, as well as social and cultural.

Graduates of the following universities are top requested:

  • Gubkin Oil and Gas Russian State University (fields: oil and gas engineering, oil and gas field development and operation, oil and gas production physical processes, geology, economics and management at oil and gas sector enterprises);
  • Lomonosov Moscow State University (field: economics, Vietnamese and English translators);
  • MGIMO University (field: international economic relations);
  • Tomsk Polytechnic University (field: development and operation of oil and gas fields, studying at Heriot-Watt);
  • Ukhta State Technical University (field: development and exploitation of oil and gas fields);
  • Samara State Technical University (fields: development and operation of oil and gas fields, machinery and equipment of oil and gas production fields, economics and company management);
  • Lomonosov Moscow State University (fields: geology, jurisprudence, economics, mathematics, physics);
  • Moscow Technological University (MIREA) (field: chemistry);
  • Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (field: mathematics, physics).

The Group conducts work on attracting students from leading universities for practical training and internship on a regular basis. The number of students admitted for internship at the Corporate Center and its subsidiaries in 2018 was 195 people.

In 2017-2018, Zarubezhneft JSC funded 43 students (children of JV Vietsovpetro’s Russian specialists) to be trained at Russian higher educational institutions.

Since 2015, the Group has been running a program aimed at recruiting students into paid internships. The principles and conditions for student recruitment into paid internships at the Company have been developed and approved; the Student Admission Plan is redeveloped and approved annually. In 2018, a total of 45 students completed their paid internships at the Corporate Center and subsidiaries.

Zarubezhneft JSC actively cooperates with leading technical universities of the Russian Federation, such as the Gubkin Oil and Gas Russian State University, Ufa State Petroleum Technological University, Tomsk Polytechnic University, Bauman Moscow State Technical University and others. The Group constantly rolls out staff training programs for the fuel and energy complex:

  • at the Gubkin Oil and Gas Russian State University in Moscow, young Serbian engineering specialists from among the children of employees
  • of the Group’s enterprises in Bosnia and Herzegovina are trained by the Company;more than 30 children of Russian specialists working at JV “Vietsovpetro” undergo targeted training at specialized universities of the Russian Federation.

Every year, employees of Zarubezhneft JSC Group of Companies improve their skills at higher education institutions under various training programs in the area of oil and gas production, economics and management, development of oil and gas fields, well work, financial management, budgeting and controlling at oil and gas enterprises, technological processes of oil and gas gathering and treating, and many others.

The Company primarily focuses on working with young specialists of the Group of Companies, which provides for the identification and professional growth of young prospective employees.

The Young Experts Council – a collegial social and professional association of the Company’s active youth, continued its work in 2018. The Council was established in 2013 as one of the tools for implementing the Company’s youth policy.

The Young Experts Council is integrated into the HR-policy of the Company in the area of youth engagement and performs the following main functions:

  • Assistance in the adaptation and engagement of young experts in production and community activities;
  • Formation of a pro-active attitude and loyalty to the Company;
  • Rallying youth and fostering efficient communication between the “generations” of employees;
  • Making young employees feel involved in the general activities of the Company, engaging youth in team work;
  • Engaging youth in innovative scientific and research project activities;
  • Promoting a healthy lifestyle;
  • Assistance in arranging conditions for increasing the creative initiative of youth.

In addition to Zarubezhneft JSC, Young Professionals Boards operate in seven companies: LLC “JC “RUSVIETPETRO”, Zarubezhneft-Dobycha Kharyaga LLC, VNIIneft JSC, Giprovostokneft JSC, RMNTK Nefteotdacha JSC, Modriča Motor Oil A.D.,OPTIMA Grupa d.o.o. The total number of members of Young Experts Councils is 113 people.

The General Director approves the Council work plan annually. All events are grouped into six areas:

  1. Corporate communications and organizational improvements;
  2. Scientific and technical development of young experts;
  3. Intellectual activities;
  4. Corporate sports development;
  5. Voluntary movement;
  6. Work with young experts.

In 2018, members of the Council held many events, both the traditional ones that are held every year and have become the Board’s hallmark and new ones.

As part of the Corporate Communications and Organizational Improvements field, members of the Board took part in brainstorming, business case decisions, preparing materials for the Youth Technological Forecasting of the Oil & Energy Complex and meetings of the Youth Council under the Russian Ministry of Energy.

The scientific and technical field is primarily presented by the Competition of young specialists’ scientific and technological work, which is described in detail in the “Innovation Activity” block. Last year became a year of explosive growth for the Company’s intellectual events:

  • 6 tournaments were held on the game “What? Where? When?" at the in-house level;
  • 3 tournaments on the "Brain Ring” game were organized;
  • The “Jeopardy” tournament was held;
  • The “Zarubezhneft” team began to play in the top corporate league of Moscow in the game "60 seconds";
  • The corporate team hit the podium in the intellectual game among the youth of the oil and gas industry.

In 2018, corporate sport reached a new level. All employees of the Company received an opportunity to attend volleyball and football training on a regular basis. The training process under professional trainers guidance could not avoid observation and the results were not long in coming. A cross-functional team of young professionals of Zarubezhneft JSC Group of Companies produced excellent results in the Spartakiad among the enterprises of the Oil Refining and Sales segment in the Republic of Srpska (Bosnia and Herzegovina): first place in women's volleyball and second place in football.

In the reporting year, the volunteer movement continued its development as part of the Young Experts Council work. During 2018, as part of the youth initiative, charity events were held that involved the entire Company’s staff.

In March, a charity event was organized at the Odoyevsky Nursing Home (Tver Region).

In May, Young Professionals Board together with the employees of the subsidiaries of VNIIneft JSC and LLC “JC “RUSVIETPETRO” congratulated the veterans with Victory Day.

In July, the Company’s youth carried out an Environmental Campaign, which included work on restoring a playground in the history-themed natural park of Bitsevski Park.

In the reporting year, the Young Experts Council performed socially-relevant deeds under campaigns dedicated to the New Year, visiting children in a care home in the city Gagarin of the Smolensk Region, and residents of a nursing home in the Zherekhovo Village of the Tver Region.