TNK-BP is committed to attracting and contributing to the professional development of the most talented young specialists – for employment within the company itself and the oil industry at large. Expanding organizational potential is extraordinarily important to the company’s stable long-term growth, and this understanding lies at the base of all work with young specialists.
TNK-BP has created a dedicated training program for young specialists, the Three Horizons program, which provides a single standard for their development at all companies within the TNK-BP group. Three Horizons is a complex of measures for the acquisition of professional and technical skills and knowledge of high priority to the company as well as personal and business qualities.
Three Horizons accepts graduates of universities and colleges who have joined the company as engineers, technicians, or in other promising capacities. To be eligible, the young specialist must have graduated no more than three years earlier. Each participant is assigned a mentor who coordinates his development throughout the entire program. Each young specialist signs a development contract reflecting the goals of his education and making it possible to evaluate the progress he has made in the program.
The Three Horizons program lasts three years, during each of which emphasis is placed on a different aspect of the young specialist’s development:
Year 1 – My Company and I – adaptation of young specialists and their involvement in the corporate culture.
Year 2 – My Profession and I – development of professional and technical skills that have been identified as having high priority.
Year 3 –My Career and I – acquisition of innovative and research and engineering potential, identification of leaders, career planning.
The program has several main components:
- Large-scale corporate events
- A corporate program for acquiring business and professional acumen
- Regional projects
- Evaluation of young specialists and feedback
Each year the company holds regional meetings titled “Initiation of Young Specialists into Oil Industry Professions.” Attendees hear topical information about the company from TNK-BP’s senior managers and meet one another. These annual young specialists’ scientific-practical conferences are very important to participants and to the company as well. They afford young specialists the opportunity to demonstrate their capabilities and display their innovative ideas. The company obtains economic benefits from implementing interesting projects that are presented there.
Since their beginnings in 2001, the conferences have become a tradition in the regions. Corporate-wide finals, for winners of regional conferences, have been held in Moscow since 2004. These conferences bring together the company’s most talented young professionals. They personify the future of the company. It is they who will, in time, contribute to TNK-BP’s evolution as a highly effective Russian oil and gas company of world class.
A professional jury, composed of experienced TNK-BP employees and individuals from the industry’s large universities and scientific schools, rigorously evaluates projects the young specialists present using numerous criteria. Judges pay particular attention to the originality of projects and the possibility of their practical implementation. About half the projects presented at the final conference in Moscow are realized, bringing considerable benefit to the company.