Vnesheconombank is actively working with young people by running training programmes on investment management, encouraging applied science and research activities among the young, and supporting the development of relevant universities.
Among other things, our awareness-raising efforts focus on organising educational events for young people on the preparation and implementation of investment projects. These events involve experts from the Group’s entities and are held on an annual basis as part of the Russian Educational Youth Forum ‘Seliger’ and the International Youth Industrial Forum ‘Engineers of the Future’.
As a result of our multiyear involvement in youth forums, Vnesheconombank, SME Bank and VEB Innovations Fund have set up an annual award for the best innovative project among young entrepreneurs. The award is held to encourage innovative activities in Russia and back the highest potential players in the SME innovative segment.
Focus areas of our work with young people also include support to students of major financial and economic schools. The best of them receive personal scholarships from the Bank. The Bank is also running a programme of traineeships and internships for undergraduates and graduates of relevant higher education institutions, while the best performing trainees and interns can be later offered jobs in the Bank. The programme helps us build a personnel continuity framework and share accumulated experience with young talents.
To promote applied research among the young, Vnesheconombank has organised the Youth Club whose target audience includes talented undergraduates, postgraduates and young researchers of major Moscow universities. The Club is a permanent discussion venue where the participants share their knowledge, experience and new ideas on important social and economic issues related to the development of the country and its hinterlands, and on key areas of Vnesheconombank’s operations. In 2014, the Club also featured such sections as ‘Integrated Territorial Development’ and ‘Corporate Social Responsibility’ that were attended by 77 undergraduates, postgraduates and young researchers.
In October 2014, the Financial University of the Government of the Russian Federation hosted a ‘Corporate Social Responsibility and Responsible Financing’ master class, held as part of the activities of Vnesheconombank’s Youth Club. The master class was attended by 29 students of Financial University, Moscow State University, Higher School of Economics and other higher education institutions.
During the master class, Vnesheconombank’s experts directly involved in the implementation of the Bank’s corporate social responsibility and responsible financing shared their expertise and experience with the students. After the master class the participants formed project teams for further applied research to be carried out in the scope of the ‘Corporate Social Responsibility’ session of Vnesheconombank’s Youth Club.