Development of Professional Competencies

Professional skills development is based on an assessment of employees’ professional knowledge in accordance with the strategic objectives of the production divisions. The proportion of vocational training increased in 2014 to 72% (in relation to managerial training).

> 1,000 employees
underwent a professional skills evaluation to analyse vocational development trends at the Upstream Division in 2014

During the reporting year, the Company continued to establish professional and technical skills models in various divisions. The Upstream Division assessed its professional skills in order to analyse vocational development trends. The Division evaluated more than 1,000 engineering and technical staff from Corporate Headquarters and 11 of the Division’s subsidiaries.

The Upstream Division revised its training plan to increase the share of vocational education and training, and it also increased the percentage of training conducted by internal instructors in comparison with 2013. In order to achieve this, the Division arranged an open selection programme to recruit expert candidates and train future internal instructors. As a result, 24 new programmes were put together and trainers recruited to teach them. During the reporting year, these trainers conducted 53 of the 122 technical training sessions held within the Upstream Division.

The Downstream Division continued to pursue professional skills development projects. A pilot test was carried out with workers at five divisions included in the Technical Skills Monitoring System as part of a project to develop a skills model for Gazprom Neft-Moscow Refinery divisions in 2014. Specialists working in key positions and members of the talent pool for these positions also underwent testing. As a result of the testing, development areas for the staff assessed were determined. As part of the creation of technical skills development programmes, the Company designed a professional training system for engineers and technical experts with IFP Training (French Institute of Petroleum).

During 2014, within the corporate functions, professional and vocational skills were modelled in five functional areas: HR, IT, corporate communications, industrial safety, and legal services. The methodology behind the professional skills model is based on tying the level of knowledge and skill requirements to the level of responsibility: as an employee's responsibility increases, their knowledge and skills progress from basic to professional and business knowledge accordingly. As a result, a profile is developed for each position within a function, where the development of each profiled competency is assessed on a scale from 1 to 5.

Alexander Shushakov
Alexander Shushakov Head of the Upstream Division Oil and Gas Production Directorate, Gazprom Neft

There are many professionals in our company who have gained advanced experience not only in the Company, but also in the industry. The development of basic trainer skills will enable such employees to share their experience with colleagues and improve the potential of the Company as a whole. The knowledge, skills, and experience of each employee are our most valuable resource.