Work with Young Experts, and Interaction with Educational Institutions

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In order to implement the innovative development and youth policies program, Zarubezhneft JSC intensively cooperates with the Russian Federations’ leading higher educational institutions to attract and select the most promising undergraduates, providing these students with work experience internship, and to organize employee retraining and professional development. Cooperation agreements have been concluded with each university partner, and R&D interaction has been organized to promptly address the training of Zarubezhneft Group employees and the selected recent graduates/undergraduates. The cooperation areas cover educational, research and development, and social and cultural activities.

First priority is given to graduates of the following universities:

  • Gubkin State Oil and Gas University, from Oil and Gas Engineering, Development and Operation of Oil and Gas Fields, Physical Processes of Oil and Gas Production, Geology, and Economics and Management in the Oil and Gas Sector;
  • Lomonosov Moscow State University, from Geology; Jurisprudence; Mathematics; Physics; Economics; Translation of Vietnamese and English Languages;
  • Moscow State Institute of International Relations, from International Economic Relations;
  • Tomsk Polytechnic University, from Development and Operation of Oil and Gas Fields, training at Heriot-Watt;
  • Ukhta State Technical University, from Development and Operation of Oil and Gas Fields;
  • Samara State Technical University, from Development and Operation of Oil and Gas Fields, Machinery and Equipment in Oil and Gas Industries, Economics and Management in Fuel and Energy Complex;
  • Lomonosov Moscow State University of Fine Chemical Technologies, from Chemistry;
  • Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, from Mathematics, Physics.

The Group regularly attracts students from leading universities for practical training and work experience internships. In 2019, work experience internships were granted by the Group to 205 students.

In 2018-2019, Zarubezhneft JSC funded the studies of 43 children of Russian nationals employed in JV Vietsovpetro at Russian higher educational institutions.

Council of Young Experts

The Company’s priority is working with recent graduates employed by the Group to identify and provide professional development to promising young people.

In 2019, the Council of Young Experts, a peer public and professional association of the active youth employed by the Company, continued its systematic work. The Council was established in 2013 as one of the tools to implement the Company’s youth policies.

The Council of Young Experts contributes to implementing the Company’s Human Resources (HR) Policies and performs the following functions:

  • provides onboarding and involves young employees in the Company’s production and social activities;
  • shapes pro-active attitude and loyalty to the Company and its development strategy;
  • unifies the youth employed, forming efficient communication among the employees’ “generations”;
  • involves the youth employed in innovation, R&D, and project activities;
  • develops and maintains the Company’s corporate culture through cultural and sporting events;
  • assists in creating conditions for development of young employees’ managerial and creative potential.

Besides Zarubezhneft JSC, the Councils of Young Experts operate in the following seven companies: JC RUSVIETPETRO LLC, Zarubezhneft-Dobycha Kharyaga LLC, VNIIneft JSC, Giprovostokneft JSC, RMNTK Nefteotdacha JSC, Modriča Motor Oil Plant A.D., OPTIMA Grupa d.o.o. There is a total of 95 members in the Councils of Young Experts.

The Council’s work agenda comprises six activity areas: corporate communications and organizational improvements, R&D involving young professionals, intellectual events, development of corporate sports, volunteering, and work with young experts. The work plan is approved annually by the General Director.

In 2019, the Councils of Young Experts of the Corporate Center and subsidiaries held over 200 events.

Corporate Communications and Organizational Improvements

Within the framework of Corporate Communications and Organizational Improvements, the Council members took part in brainstorming sessions, business cases, and meetings of the Youth Council of the Ministry of Energy of the Russian Federation. Every year, a team of young experts visits the Russian Energy Week exhibition. In the second quarter of 2019, the Group’s youth team was second best in the inaugural case championship in the city of Almetyevsk. In 2019, the Council of Young Experts’ work was first announced at the Board of Directors, where the course for the Group’s youth intensive development was set.

R&D Involvement

The first R&D event is the Competition of Young Experts’ R&D Works, which acts as a tool to enhance performance in technical and process solutions by revealing young employees’ potential via preparation of their own projects to address key production challenges. Furthermore, young professionals actively participate in external events organized by Company partners and peers in the fuel and energy sector. Among them, the following events are worth special mention: the International Youth Scientific Conference “Oil and Gas – 2019”, the All-Russia Competition “New Idea” on the best R&D solution among young people employed at fuel and energy sector enterprises and organizations, and the international engineering championship “CASE-IN.”

Intellectual Events

In 2019, four corporate tournaments were held of the game “What? Where? When?” between the Corporate Center (departments subordinate to the Deputy General Directors) teams and subsidiaries. Moreover, Zarubezhneft won the Spring Intellectual Cup of the game “What? Where? When?” in the category “The Most Intelligent Fuel and Energy / Oil and Gas Company”, which was an impressive event. The Zarubezhneft team also was in the top three best teams by the end of the year. The same year, the representative team Zarubezhneft took part in the XIX Russian Championship on “What? Where? When?” for the first time.

In order to maintain team spirit and quick intellect, regular and permanent trainings for the representative team have been organized, which are open for all comers, with a professional coach, a member of the “What? When? Where?” Elite Club.

Among other things, Zarubezhneft JSC teams annually participate and take prize-winning places in the intellectual game for youth involved in the oil and gas industry, Oil Owl, and intellectual tournaments of E&Y Club EnergiYa.

Corporate Sports Development

Training of corporate football and volleyball teams, as well as corporate billiard and bowling tournaments, are held on an annual basis. In 2019, the corporate volleyball team ranked third in the Brands Cup tournament, two teams represented the Company in the Race of Heroes, and over 80 people passed the Russian physical training standard GTO (Russian abbreviation for “Ready for Labor and Defense”). For the first time in the Council’s history, the Athletics Team took part in running competitions organized with support from the Ministry of Energy of the Russian Federation. The corporate football tournament is traditionally considered to be the largest event of the year, as it brings together not only active young people, but also all top management of both the Corporate Center and subsidiaries. This annual event is always crowned with a gala match between the Ministry of Energy and the Zarubezhneft JSC management.


The volunteer movement under the guidance of the Council of Young Experts also continues to develop actively. In 2019, young employees of VNIIneft JSC, Zarubezhneft JSC, and JC RUSVIETPETRO LLC took part in congratulating veterans of the Great Patriotic War. A group of activists visited the Special Boarding School Gagarinskaya on Child Protection Day. In collaboration with the Company’s management, a branded container for collecting the Company’s employees’ unwanted items was installed at the Zarubezhneft JSC office. As the container is filled, the items are sent for further sorting, cleaning, and distribution.

In the financial year, employees of Zarubezhneft JSC, Zarubezhneft-Dobycha Kharyaga LLC, and Zarubezhneftestroymontazh LLC took part in the Ecological Volunteer Action at the Lomonosov Moscow State University Botanical Garden, supported by the Eco-Center Zapovedniki. A group of activists consisting of employees of Zarubezhneft JSC and Zarubezhneft-Dobycha Kharyaga LLC visited the Special Boarding School Gagarinskaya on New Year’s Eve.