The project of ““EU Support for the Competitiveness of Kosovo’s ICT Sector”, financed by EU and implemented by WEglobal in consortium with European Management and Prishtina REA, and in cooperation with Ministry of Economy, organised the Award Certification Ceremony for the 6th round of the ICT and Digital Skills Training Programme.
The project is designed to address the lack of skilled workforce in Kosovo ICT sector by providing advanced ICT training for students, graduated students from computer sciences, engineering, programming and maths, even developers staff from ICT companies, start-ups and freelancers. The project seeks to improve youth digital knowledge and skills to have the possibility to ensure their employment and future career in ICT sector, start their own businesses as start-ups in existing innovation or incubation centres of Kosovo or become an ICT freelancer/consultant. On the other hand, the project contributes to increase the business skills of ICT businesses and promote their products through organisation of targeted business and management training, B2B events in EU countries, promotes the digitalisation of traditional sectors by bringing together ICT businesses with companies from other domestic important sectors of economy.
The results achieved by the end of the Project are the following:
The Round VI’s Certification Award Ceremony was organised to deliver certificates to 272 certified trainees, who participated in the 300-hour advanced ICT training programme in one of the seven training modules: Web Development Professional, Enterprise Java Programming, Cyber Security, Web Development Practitioner, Python, Big Data Analytics and Machine Learning, during the last five months. The training modules were delivered by experienced international and local trainers. The certificates were awarded to trainees who successfully completed the ICT training and passed the final examination.
The event was organised by the “ICT for Kosovo’s Growth “project team, with participants from the Ministry of Economy, EU Office in Kosovo, STIKK, Prishtina Municipality, University of Prishtina, Tax Administration of Kosovo, Telecommunication Authority Regulatory, business partners, trainers and trainees of the training programmes. The event was attended by more than 200 people including managers from 21 ICT companies (Novus, APPDEC, Techframe, Protecht, eTech, Komtel, PRIME, Imbus, Sogody, LinkPlus, Kosbit, TENTON, SeoTactica, Nacew, Assisto, AlbiSoft, IT Solution, Ipko, Permiso, E-soft Solution, Cistck,) partners of other projects and organisations. ICT companies had their stand at the event and were available to talk to the Project’s certified trainees about possible internships and/or employment of the latter.
The award certification ceremony was honoured by the participation of Mr. Johannes Stenbaek Madsen, Head of the EU Cooperation, who expressed the confidence of the EU Office in Kosovo in the direct contribution of the Project to the development of young people’s digital skills and the promotion of ICT sector exports. The Minister of Ministry of Economy Dr. Artane Rizvanolli, who stated the aim of the government and the Ministry of Economy to work further to develop skilled and internationally competitive young workforce for the needs of ICT sector. Ms Zana Tabaku on behalf
of STIKK, expressed their enthusiasm to the ICT sector growth, as per the latest IT Barometer findings that will be published next week.
The Team Leader of the Project, Grigoris Kontzoglou presented the achievements of the Project, underlining that the main target of the Project, which is to provide advanced ICT training to 1440 people, has been exceeded by 29,7% i.e. 1868 people have been trained and 1513 out of them certified by the project.
There were three motivational speeches from 2 trainees of the project, who, after completion of the training managed to get employed. Mr. Albian Morina from Gjakova started as a full-time employee at the ICT Company Permiso, and Mr. Andi Gela as an Intern in Starlabs in Prishtina.
The event was covered by media: