Young people from East Ukraine learn how to start a career in IT

Dec 19, 2016

UNDP together with IT education business GoIT Company launched on 17 December in Severodonetsk a new initiative to attract young people to careers in Ukraine’s rapidly developing IT market. Over 100 young women and men participated from various towns of the region.

Ukraine is the main IT outsourcing country in Eastern Europe. IT is one of the leading sectors in the export of services, having generated USD 2,5 billion revenues for the country in 2015. With an estimated annual growth of 10%, the industry needs new employees to keep developing.

“The IT sector is a great opportunity for Ukraine to develop and modernize its economy. The industry has a promising potential for growth, its export revenues expected to exceed USD 10 billion by 2020. With today's educational workshop we strive to involve young people into the IT and help them to discover their talents,” said Mr Andrei Pivovarov, CEO and the co-founder of GoIT Company.

The speakers presented thematic sessions on market overview, employment psychology and the most demanded IT areas: Frontend, Quality Assurance, Java. According to Ukraine's IT market research, some 100,000 IT specialists work in Ukraine. However, only 15% out of them are females. The industry offers around 15,000 new jobs annually with an average monthly salary of about USD 2,000.

“New skills and knowledge give young people opportunities to find a good job or create their own business despite the challenging employment conditions the market is currently facing,” said Sergey Bolotskiy, the head of Luhansk Regional Public Employment Center.

As employment remains the biggest challenge for internally displaced people in Ukraine, UNDP launched in 2016 a series of 4-months IT courses in six regions of Ukraine for over 760 students to help them to develop new skills and find new jobs.

“UNDP has a track record of fruitful cooperation with GoIT in implementing educational programs for IDPs and local residents in different regions of Ukraine. Today is the first time that students, lecturers and young professionals from various areas of Luhansk region are given the opportunity to learn from the high level IT professionals about the carrier prospects in this innovative sphere. We see in these talented young people a huge potential to fuel the region's development and that brings us hope for a better change” noted Mr Mustafa Sait-Ametov, UNDP Recovery and Peacebuilding Programme Coordinator.

This initiative is implemented by the UNDP Recovery and Peacebuilding Programme, in partnership with GoIT Company, with financial support of the Government of Czech Republic.

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