On March 5, an online course for training IT specialists among people with disabilities was launched. This social project is a result of cooperation with the Ministry of Social Policy of Ukraine, IT Ukraine Association, and Prometheus online education platform.
The You Can Everything! Opportunities are Unlimited! project is created for the people with disabilities to study IT-technologies and get a job in the leading IT-companies of Ukraine. The project supported the Ukrainian leading IT-businesses — SoftServe, Epam systems, GlobalLogic, NI-X, DataArt, Innovecs, Viseven Group, webPCstudio. Their specialists will mentor the trainees of the course. As a result of this training, students will have an opportunity to compete for employment in IT companies. As of March 4, 2020, more than 2,000 people have applied for the course.
Online study of IT specializations has the following structure:
- All interested people with disabilities shall apply for 2 basic and optional 3 additional courses on the Prometheus platform until 5th of March;
- For 3.5 months, they will study, do homework, take tests, and work with mentors from the leading Ukrainian universities and IT companies;
- Already in June, the participants will have final testing, support their knowledge with certificates and, if they wish, they may take part in the competition for vacant positions in IT companies. It is important that there will be a separate competition for those who took part in the project.
«Together with the member companies of the Association, we have joined a pilot project that offers good employment opportunities for people with disabilities. With the rapid development of IT market and the necessity for new employees, less than 20% of the 2.7 million people with disabilities in Ukraine are employed. We hope that this pilot project will mark the beginning of systematic work in this direction,» -said Konstantin Vasyuk, Executive Director of IT Ukraine Association.