Lithuania is one of six EU countries which recently started  implementing training-for-employment initiative focusing  on ICT skills according to Fast Track to IT methodology developed by non-profit organization FIT Ltd in Ireland.

Over 16500 young people have accomplished this training in Ireland and 75% of them have progressed to employment. Recently the European Commission cited FIT as one of the most effective employability initiatives in Europe. The objective of fit4jobs project is to recreate the FIT model in Greece, Spain, Portugal, Latvia and Lithuania, together with local partner organisations.

Association Langas į ateitį  is the coordinator of fit4jobs national activities in Lithuania. Vilnius State Unemployment  agency has been  invited to join as a social partner for this Project. On April 8th the partnership agreement was signed. „We decided to join forces to overcome the recent gap in Lithuania - great demand of IT skilled people and a big  number of unemployed youth “, said Loreta Križinauskienė, managing director of Langas į ateitį.

At the current project stage four steps of the participants selection has already been accomplished. Over  150 applications were received initially. During the rest selection process (executed during annual European initiative Get Online Week 2015) – motivational interviews as well as analytical tasks – 40 young people were chosen for three months training. 20-30 y.o. Project participants will be trained on IT skills demanded by employers locally. As well as  soft skills. Training is followed by   internship at the local employer‘s site with hope that  best participants will be employed.

3 courses  have been  offered to the Lithuanian participants: Basics of Java programming, Basics of   WEB  development, Information systems testing and analysis.

This project is partly funded by European Comission.

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Comment by MANUS HANRATTY on April 13, 2015 at 18:25

Programming is continuing to be the topic of demand for employers. Such concepts are valuable to all and should be taught from an early age.

Comment by Loreta Krizinauskiene on April 13, 2015 at 15:11

We look forward to other partners to join soon!

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