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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