'For people in love with their land.'
The first championship of professional skills for northern professions takes place16 august 2022
16.08.2022 // The competition, held in Murmansk from 10 to 14 August, was attended by 78 college and technical school students aged 16 to 22. They represented nine regions that make up Russia's Arctic zone. The winner in the medal standings was the team from the Krasnoyarsk Territory.
The competition was held in 15 competencies. The championship presented both the traditional competencies of the Agency for the Development of Skills and Professions and areas tailored to the Arctic labour market, e.g. 'National Cuisine,' 'Arctic Tourism,' 'Indigenous Crafts,' 'Wood and Bone Carving,' etc.
'There is no doubt that industry championships are very important. On the one hand, they allow for the demonstration of a real production process, an independent, open evaluation by specialists. On the other hand, it is an important communication platform where new skills requirements and competencies are 'landed'," says Andrey Pivinsky, Advisor to the General Director of the Agency for the Development of Skills and Professions.
More than 100 experts from the Agency for the Development of Skills and Professions acted as judges. The Krasnoyarsk Territory team won the most medals: 9 gold, 4 silver and 1 bronze.
The second place in the unofficial medal standings went to a team from the Murmansk Region, with 10 contestants from that region taking second place. The participants from the Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Area came third in the number of awards.
Soslan Abisalov, Director of the Department for the Development of the Arctic Zone of the Russian Federation and the Implementation of Infrastructure Projects at the Ministry for the Development of the Russian Far East and Arctic, and Yury Fomin, Deputy Governor of Murmansk Region, attended the awards ceremony.
'To me, every participant is a true hero whose abilities will only increase year after year. Enterprises in the Arctic zone and the country's economy need these next-generation innovators, fresh ideas and out-of-the-box solutions. There is no doubt that they have a great future,' Yury Fomin is sure.
At the conclusion of the closing ceremony, Soslan Abisalov was handed the championship flag. It will be sent to the region where the competition will be held next year.
'The championships brought together not just professionals but passionate, creative people who are genuinely in love with their land. I am convinced that such events make an important contribution to the popularisation of the most important professions for the Arctic, to the improvement of professional skills and create a basis for the continuity of the experience gained,' said Aleksey Chekunkov, Minister for the Development of the Russian Far East and Arctic.
The Championship was held as part of the main events of Russia's chairmanship of the Arctic Council in 2021–2023, which is operated by the Roscongress Foundation. The event was organised by the Ministry for the Development of the Russian Far East and Arctic and the Murmansk Regional Government.Photo: roscongress.org