More than 2,700 young professionals have applied for Kazakhstan’s Presidential Personnel Reserve

NUR-SULTAN – More than 2,757 young professionals have sent in applications to be chosen for the Presidential Personnel Reserve, which matches Kazakhstan’s brightest early professionals with key positions in government agencies and companies.

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Young people in Kazakhstan that excel in innovative technologies, engineering, business, medicine, economics and culture will have the opportunity to be selected and appointed to top government and management positions in the country, including heads of staff of central and local government bodies, ministers, vice ministers, committee chairpersons, board members of quasi-public sector companies and akims (governors and mayors) of regions and cities.

“To increase the efficiency of the work of state bodies, the President (Kassym-Jomart Tokayev) instructed to attract trained young personnel to the civil service,” said Agency for Civil Service Affairs Karaganda Region Department Head Aigul Baikhanova. “This project will become a social elevator and provide the most talented and trained youth with the opportunity to take leading positions in public administration and the quasi-public sector.”

Three hundred young professionals will be selected on a competitive basis. People eligible to take part must be under 35, hold an academic degree and have at least five years of working experience.

“If you have led successful initiatives, are able to offer new projects and come up with realistic and practical ideas that would contribute to improving the welfare of people in Kazakhstan, and if you are capable of making decisions promptly and adapting quickly to innovation, fill out an application form online to take part in the selection for the Presidential Personnel Reserve! Challenge yourself to be among the young and successful future leaders who will play a crucial role in the development of Kazakhstan and drive progress,” reads an Agency for Civil Service Affairs press release.

Reserve applicants must pass several stages to be selected. After passing a theoretical knowledge assessment, the candidates will be evaluated on their leadership skills, critical thinking, strategic reasoning, motivation and values. The candidates will be required to write an essay, present their projects and pass an interview, among other assessments. If successful, the candidates will have an Expert Committee interview with the deputy head of the Presidential Administration. The final stage will be an interview with the National Commission of Personnel Policy under the supervision of the head of the Presidential Administration.

“To ensure openness on the websites of the Agency for Civil Service Affairs and the Presidential Personnel Reserve, people will have access to information about each participant and a list of those who have advanced to the next stage. To ensure transparency and objectivity in decision-making, an audio and video recording of each candidate’s participation will be kept at all stages of selection,” said Baikhanova.

Before being appointed to their positions for three years, those selected for the reserve will undergo internships in government bodies and organisations to acquire the competencies necessary to work with the public and in a fast-paced environment and develop public speaking skills.