Another important stage of preparations for the 6th Future Leaders Forum of the World Petroleum Council started: acceptance of applications from prospective volunteers began. The Forum will take place in Saint-Petersburg in summer 2019 This is a unique opportunity for young representatives of the industry to participate in the events of the business program of the international forum without paying a delegate fee. For the organizers of the forum it a serious support in terms of organizing the reception and comfortable stay of many hundreds of guests from dozens of countries around the world.

Youth forums are held at the initiative of the World Petroleum Council since 2004 The next 6th Future Leaders Forum will be held in June 2019 in St. Petersburg. About 2,000 students and young oil industry specialists from around the world are expected to attend the forum. An intense business program will focus on the key prospective issues for the development of the global oil and gas industry. Reports and lectures of key managers and experts, youth discussions, round tables and other events of the business program are planned.

«One of the traditions of the World Petroleum Congresses, which has become an integral part of the WPC Youth Forums, is the wide involvement of volunteers in the reception and escort of guests, – says Vlada Streletskaya, director of the WPC Russian National Committee. – Volunteers play an important role in creating an atmosphere of hospitality and constructive communication. But equally important is the fact that the volunteer movement expands the range of young professionals involved in professional discussions.»

To participate in the 6th Future Leaders Forum, a volunteer team of 400 people is being formed. Applications are accepted from young men and women under the age of 35 who are professionally connected to the oil and gas industry. The main burden will lie on the representatives of Russia. But in the team there will be also volunteers from other countries – their nominations will be offered by the relevant national committees of the WPC.

Volunteers will work 3-4 hours a day, so there will be enough time for participation in activities and informal communication. At the same time, the volunteers will have to pay only the road to St. Petersburg and back. Accommodation, meals, participation in the Forum and even special equipment will be free for them.

Applications will be accepted until 1 December. Then there will be a competitive selection of applicants. The commission will examine the motivational letters of candidates and their “track records”, the level of English language proficiency will be taken into account as well. The results will be announced by 1 March. For the selected volunteers several trainings for teamwork program knowledge and orienteering will be held.

«We tried to simplify the submission of applications for participation in the volunteer program, – says Polina Letkova, the head of the volunteer program of the Forum. – For applicants it is enough to fill out the form on the website of the 6th Future Leaders Forum.» The work of Russian volunteers at the 21st World Petroleum Congress in Moscow in 2014 was highly appreciated by the international community and was recognized as the best in the history of the world’s oil congresses. This experience is very useful for RNC WPC in preparing a team of volunteers for the 6th of Future Leaders Forum. In the photograph: volunteers of the 21st World Petroleum Congress (Moscow, 2014).