ASI Will Test Education and Employment Model for Future-Oriented Occupations in Project on Accelerated Development of Professional Standards

The pilot project on accelerated development of professional standards for future-oriented occupations, and updating Federal State Educational Standards and educational programmes was presented at the business programme of the Powerful Ideas for the New Times Forum.

'We participate in a pilot project to develop qualification requirements and update the professional standards by the end of 2021. Currently the list of qualifications in three fields is being elaborated: artificial intelligence, educational and gaming environments,' stated the Rector of the NTI University 2035 Nina Yanykina.

"In this project we will apply Our 'Digital Competence Model'—an algorithm based on artificial intelligence that we have developed. It got good reviews from the experts of the Russian Ministry of Labour. Using a data set about more than 150 million vacancies and professional events, as well as data of professional communities and technological start-ups, the algorithm is able to reduce the time for collecting and analysing information," said Andrey Komissarov, the author of the approach and the head of the Data-Driven Development Department, the NTI University 2035.

Currently it takes one or two years to develop professional standards. Once a professional standard is approved, organisations may develop the appropriate educational programmes. The labour market conditions however might have already changed significantly during this period.

'In order for a new occupation or qualification to appear, it is necessary to develop requirements for it. In essence, one needs to create the professional standard. It takes at least six months more in order to make changes to the professional standard. In the pilot project, we plan to test the model with the participation of our partners, namely the major training providers, so that a person will receive the relevant document upon the results of the training and the possible guarantee of employment. If the qualification or future-oriented occupation has not been included in regulatory documents, it does not mean that there is no demand for it on the labour market. We are to improve the existing procedures for development of professional and educational standards,' shared Julia Khanzhina, ASI Deputy Director of Young Professionals.

'Modern training standards are tied to the global trends. The main of them is digitalization, which on practice means that the global technological order is changing very quickly. Therefore, the first relevant standard is how quickly you train people. If you teach things that were necessary a year ago, it is not bad, but clearly, it is not enough. The main requirement here is the ability to respond quickly to current events or even better: to foresee. Therefore, we should teach not the things that are mainstream now, but rather the things that will become mainstream in two or three years,' stressed Robert Urazov, the Director General of WorldSkills Russia.

In this experiment, the NTI University 2035 and WorldSkills Russia will be able to approve the list of promising future-oriented occupations, as well as to confer qualifications based on the results of training programs in these occupations. By the end of the year, the experts should elaborate the draft qualifications for promising future-oriented occupations; panel discussions will also take place. The works on the pilot project should be finished by 1 November 2021.