Committed to introduce programming in vocational schools in Albania: 98 ICT students start the Remote Apprenticeships program.
ICT companies in Albania are struggling to find qualified workers, especially for programming, a market that is expanding rapidly in recent years. This is a clear sign for schools to start thinking how to equip students with the right skills in due time to serve the industry needs.
Right now, programming as a direction is offered mainly in universities. It takes a few years before a student gains the right skills to enter the job market as qualified programmers.
Only 2 vocational schools have adapted programming as a direction in their offer. Inspired by this example and in collaboration with industry leaders, Skills for Jobs S4J is committed to introduce programming in vocational schools in Albania.
Back in November 2017, the project teamed up with 11 ICT leader companies based in Tirana, who engaged to offer apprenticeships for VET students in “Kolin Gjoka” school in Lezha and industrial “Pavarësia” school in Vlora. As ICT allows people to work wherever they are, remote apprenticeships model was developed as a solution. Vodafone, New Media Communication, Facilization, Landmark, Albanian Business Partner, Dentem, ATIS, Gjeo-Vjosa, Tech360, CEI, Big Media Expert, are the first companies to pioneer this model.
Following signing of MoUs between vocational schools and ICT companies in February, ICT students from both schools were presented with their mentors and tasks.
The apprenticeship model started operating in early March 2018. Students engage every week in apprenticeship sessions with business mentors over Papion, an online communication platform that was selected to smoothen cooperation between in-company mentors, students and teachers supporting them.