Educational and CSR area

This area of work of the Association combines educational and social projects that help us embody the boldest dreams.

This is exactly the case when technology makes it much better and more interesting.

Projects that we implement:

Free summer programming school for children aged 12-17, where they work on their technical ideas, visit the offices of Ukrainian IT companies, and learn about soft skills and project management. In 2018, we selected 130 participants. You can find information about school graduates here: 2017 and 2016. As of today, the project is temporarily on hold.

  • Career guidance project for school children #Join_IT

Is it possible to attract students from all over Ukraine to the field of information technology? Yes, when it comes to the #Join_IT project! During the 6 years of its work, this project has managed to connect 30 thousand children from 25 cities of Ukraine and 350 speakers. All these 350 specialists of IT companies volunteered to be mentors for school children. This is not surprising, because according to experts, 25% of vacancies in the coming years will be related to IT, and all our usual industries will be inextricably linked with information technology. If you are an IT specialist and you have something to tell children about your work - we are waiting for your application!

  • List of requirements for starting a career as an IT professional Core Skills Project

In 2018, member companies of the Association presented a unified list of requirements and recommendations for junior-level specialists. Since then, professionals that are just starting their careers in IT focus on the requirements and recommendations prepared by the service IT industry. Materials are available for download. The full list of recommendations of the Ukrainian IT business can be found here.

  • Conference on Education Transformation in Ukraine Synergy

Synergy. IT Business & IT Education is a platform where cool collaborations between IT companies and educational institutions are born. IT Ukraine brings together representatives of IT business, education and government to discuss ways to transform Ukraine's education system. More than 500 participants each year: top managers of large-scale IT companies and regional IT clusters, representatives of the Ministry of Education and Science and the Ministry of Digital Transformation, heads of universities, schools, private initiatives and leaders of student unions. This is the biggest event that we are proud to prepare every year.

  • ClickToSchool

A project that makes educational institutions for children with disabilities "visible". In more detail, as a part of the ClickToSchool pilot project, students of the DAN.it education programming school developed a website for the Kyiv Training and Rehabilitation Center №17 on a volunteer basis. The project is ongoing and we invite everyone to join. Perhaps, exactly your team will help make these schools more "visible" and hundreds of parents and children will be able to learn all the necessary information much faster.

More than 430,000 children still live in areas on both sides of the line of collision in eastern Ukraine. At the same time, every third hurt child was injured by mines and explosive remnants of war. In May 2020, IT Ukraine Association and UNICEF signed a memorandum of cooperation. The first result of joint work will be the development of an interactive VR-product on mine risk education for children in eastern Ukraine. UNICEF is expected to begin special educational sessions in the fall, focusing on the VR-component and children living in eastern Ukraine, as well as in other settlements where ammunition depots are located.

  • “IT LAW”

“IT LAW” is a professional development program for lawyers developed jointly with the Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, one of the leaders in legal education in Ukraine. During the program, 18 legal practitioners from leading IT and law firms share their experience in 6 modules, helping participants to systematize their knowledge or gain the necessary basis to work with IT companies.

The strength of the program is a large number of practical cases, that participants use to delve into the material and form the necessary skills in the field of IT. Upon successful completion of the program, graduates receive a certificate, and the top five students have the opportunity to do an internship in IT companies.

  • Teachers Internship

Free internships for teachers help to improve the level of education in the field of technology and software in Ukrainian universities. The EPAM Teachers Internship program started in July 2017.

So far, 7 waves of teacher internships have been conducted in Kyiv, Kharkiv and Lviv. Daily workshops with practical engineers allowed to deepen knowledge in project management (flexible approaches, SCRUM-approach), learn about processes on modern projects (continuous integration, product delivery management, business requirements analysis), master applications and tools for teamwork , Git). Two hundred teachers from more than 20 universities gained access to the EPAM knowledge base. This allowed them to make changes to the Computer Science and Software Engineering courses, which means quality training for the modern student, the future IT specialist.

  • E-Maliatko

The IT Ukraine Association has joined the state project e-Maliatko, which significantly simplifies the process of registration of administrative services for parents of newborns. As part of the project, member companies of the Association - EPAM and UKRSIBBANK BNP Paribas Group - have already donated 100 laptops and 39 printers with the assistance of the Eastern Europe Foundation to maternity hospitals, civil registry offices, and administrative service centers. Successful implementation of the project requires minimal technical support in the form of computers and laptops, so the equipment from the companies will help professionals to perform their work quickly and comfortably.

Project participants: EPAM, UKRSIBBANK BNP Paribas Group.

#AntiVirus is an initiative of the IT Ukraine Association established to prevent the spread of coronavirus 2019-nCoV and help Ukrainian health professionals in the fight against it. Since launching the project on March 26, the team has coordinated the efforts of companies, medical institutions, charitable foundations, and regional IT clusters to be effective in helping doctors. In the first stage, we focused on purchasing personal protective equipment for doctors and medical equipment.

Project companies: EPAM, GlobalLogic, Miratech, ELEKS, Ubisoft, Intellias, Dev.Pro, Luxoft, and N-iX.

  • You can do anything! The possibilities are endless!

Online course `You can do anything! The possibilities are endless!`  for the training of IT specialists among people with disabilities was created so that they could study IT technologies and get jobs in leading IT companies in Ukraine. It was developed and implemented by the Ministry of Social Policy of Ukraine, the IT Ukraine Association, and the Prometheus online course platform. During the course, students were assisted in their training by more than 120 IT specialists from 10 IT companies: SoftServe, N-iX, EPAM Ukraine, Innovecs, DataArt, GlobalLogic Ukraine, Viseven Group, CI Gen, webPCstudio, BCD Travel. Additionally, students were advised by HR mentors from IT companies ELEKS, N-iX, Techiia holding. A total of 3,293 participants took part in the program, and the process of their employment is currently underway.

 

Maksym Pochebut

Head of community

Maksym Pochebut

VP on Educational issues, EPAM Ukraine

Candidate of Technical Sciences, Associate Professor. He has more than 12 years of experience in education and IT, dozens of implemented projects in the field of human resources development.

Community meetings

Meetings of the community take place regularly. Each meeting must have a program and list of issues to discuss. After each meeting, we form a plan for further actions and closely monitor its compliance.

About the Educational and CSR community

The main goal of the Educational and CSR community is to coordinate the activities of the Association members in the field of technical education development and corporate social responsibility in Ukraine. During the meetings, the community members develop joint measures to provide the industry with highly qualified specialists, solve existing problems in the training system and establish an effective dialogue between business, government and educational, social institutions.

We are pleased that IT Ukraine brings together responsible IT companies that in addition to developing the industry also care about the level of education, the state of the environment and other socially important things.