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Acron Becomes Partner in Onfim Career Guidance Project

Acron has signed an agreement with the Novgorod Regional Talent Search, Support and Development Centre Onfim to provide career guidance to local school students using the best training practices developed by the Sirius Federal Centre for Gifted Children. Approximately 800 students, including more than 500 children from different districts and municipalities of Novgorod region, will participate in the project this year.

Based in Veliky Novgorod’s Gymnasium No. 1, the Regional Centre follows the Sirius educational model and offers training programmes in three areas – science, art and sport. Acron’s priority is the science course for winners and runners-up of academic competitions in physics, chemistry, computer science and national technology projects. During themed sessions, high school students investigate relevant cases, carry out experiments and take part in guided tours of production facilities.

In the future, the Centre plans to invite Acron employees to act as experts for the Grand Challenges science and engineering competition for commercial and scientific projects.

Olga Babina, head of human resources at Veliky Novgorod-based Acron, said that the Company aims to create a talent pool of candidates who have excelled in engineering creativity and project management. ‘Science-oriented courses will help us train a new generation of specialists, and we hope that it will be their informed choice to study at a technical university and work for Acron in the future’

Natalia Karaseva, head of Onfim, stressed the importance of Acron’s support and motivation for students, especially those who live in small, remote towns and settlements in Novgorod region and therefore have limited opportunities to study science in depth and visit production facilities. The partnership will ensure that bright children are given the chance to reach their full potential.

Career guidance for school students is an essential component of Acron Group’s solid professional training system. As part of its partnership with educational institutions, the Company participates in open days and job fairs, recognises winners of academic competitions and awards grants to teachers.

This year, Acron honoured more than 150 Novgorod students and some 80 teachers at the awards ceremony for winners and runners-up of the regional stage of the national competitions in chemistry, physics, mathematics and computer science. Over the past six years, more than 40 teachers in Veliky Novgorod have received grants worth nearly RUB 5 million.