In March 2023, work began on a research of the BRICS Energy Research Platform. Its key topic was the research of the BRICS labor market in the context of the energy transition. The project started in the Republic of South Africa which has been the chair of the association of the five countries since 2023. A major research of the BRICS countries' industrial labor markets is one of the Russian initiatives presented at a meeting of five Ministers of energy in the fall of 2022.
Today, under the conditions of the accelerated transformation of the energy industries in emerging countries, including the BRICS countries, the issue of training new highly-qualified personnel, as well as professional retraining programs, is being urgently raised. At the same time, due to the high social significance of traditional energy in the "Global South" countries, the countries adhere to the concept of a "fair energy jump" and strive to preserve jobs, increasing sectoral manufacturability and reducing the carbon footprint of the economy.
"I believe that the development of a collaborative approach of the BRICS countries to personnel relations within the energy sector can become the basis for further cooperation in the field of specific programs for the development of personnel and social potential," said Tatyana Terentyeva, a member of the Steering Committee of the research, Deputy Director General for HR of Rosatom.
The research is being implemented according to the methodology of the Human-Centricity Index of Companies, presented on the sidelines of the international forum Global Impact Conference in 2022. The new research will identify the current trends and conduct a comprehensive analysis of the labor market in terms of training personnel for the energy industry in the BRICS countries. Based on the results of the research, recommendations will also be formed to develop social and economic responses to challenges of the labor market in the energy sector, considering the specifics of the countries participating in the project.
"Our Energy and Water Sector Authority (EWSETA), one of South Africa's 21 government education and training agencies, is keen to work with partners to fill gaps in energy education, develop relevant skills in South Africa, and work with the best local and international experts. We welcome the BRICS initiative to study the experience of our countries to train professional personnel for energy and identify skills gaps for the implementation of the energy transition," commented Mpho Mookapele, EWSETA Chairperson.
As part of the preparatory phase in South Africa, a BRICS Energy Platform delegation with the participation of Rosatom presented a concept of the research and discussed it with the Ministries of Energy and Mineral Resources, the Ministry of Labor, and the Ministry of Science and Innovation. The members of the delegation also visited leading higher educational institutions of the country, including the universities of Pretoria, the Western Cape, and the Tshwane University of Technology. At a meeting with the management of PetroSA oil and gas corporation, the participants exchanged opinions on key challenges in the context of personnel training for the country's energy industry.
The BRICS Energy Research Platform is a platform created by the BRICS countries to ensure sustainable energy development through cooperation in energy research, technology, policy, and innovation, as well as a broad dialogue on energy issues in order to ensure universal access to affordable, reliable, sustainable, and modern energy sources for everybody, strengthening the energy security of the BRICS countries, and ensuring a stronger voice for the BRICS on the global energy agenda.
EWSETA is the Energy & Water Sector Education Training Authority of South Africa.
Human-centricity means that the person with his or her values, needs, and priorities is at the center of a process or organization. This approach is beneficial for not only employees, but also for employers: investments in the development of employees significantly impact the level of their loyalty; the development of the educational environment in a company increases productivity, and the creation of non-financial motivation systems returns by increasing the revenues of companies.
As for the human-centricity index, it shows the degree of a company's focus on meeting the needs of employees and creating benefits for society. More about the index: https://research.rosatomimpact.com/