Nizhny Novgorod Energy Retail Company holds careers guidance event for residents of Poshatovo children’s home

The Nizhny Novgorod Energy Retail Company organised a charity event for residents of the children’s home which it sponsors in Poshatovo, in the Arzamas District of the Nizhny Novgorod Region. The patrons and children met up as part of the ‘On the threshold of a new life’ project, aimed at helping children to find their way when choosing a career path: 11 of the 20 residents of the children’s home have graduated this year.

Under the guidance of experienced psychologists the children were able to gain valuable skills needed for both individual and teamwork.
The children passed a careers understanding test, took part in team-building activities and were also given the opportunity to experience practical training in a car showroom — a dream workplace for many of the boys.

In the car-workshop the teenagers were able to study motor vehicle construction and layout and to change car wheels, under the supervision of experienced mentors. Such immersion in a real work environment helped the children to understand the actual nature of official duties, a work ethos and discipline in the workplace.

Throughout the day a video of the event was recorded, including interviews with the children. The resulting film ‘On the threshold of a new life’ will be a perfect memento for the residents and teachers of the Poshatovo children’s home.

The OJSC Nizhny Novgorod Energy Retail Company has been providing charity support to the Poshatovo children’s home since 2005. Meetings between the residents and their patrons from the energy company are held on a regular basis. In the future, the Nizhny Novgorod Energy Retail Company plans to continue its ‘On the threshold of a new life’ project in order to help the graduates of the children’s home to feel as comfortable as possible in adult life and to avoid difficulties in orientating themselves in the world of social and professional relationships.