In modern times, jobs also get modernized. People who are ready to look forward and change with the times have the most opportunities to succeed. In modern times, people with a vision prosper. We have a vision of Serbia as a country of the greatest opportunities for all of its citizens. Together we work not only to create opportunities, but also to know how to make full use of them.
The training programme was conceived with the aim of contributing to the talent offer on the labour market fast. The programme is implemented by the National Employment Service under the auspices of the Government of the Republic of Serbia.
Potential candidates will take the test of IT capabilities and potentials for work in IT, on the basis of which they will be ranked. The aim of the programme is to train people who meet the needs of the industry, which will be determined on the basis of company surveys.
The programme is very cost-effective, because a newly employed programmer will return the amount invested in the training through taxes in about 6 months. The average starting salary of employees from the first pilot phase is about RSD 45,000. With more than 30% of employees in positions of developers from the first pilot phase of retraining, the investment is returned to the state through taxes and contributions in less than a year, while the overall effect on Serbia's economy is much higher.
The previous pilot programme was developed in cooperation with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP). The project consists of two phases – 100 participants and 4 organisers of training participated in the first pilot phase. The second phase involves another 700 participants, whose trainings were completed during summer 2018.
Below you can read the testimonials of some attendants of IT retraining who got employed after the training.
Bojan Dimitrijević answered our questions.
Why did you apply for IT retraining?
For years I wanted to challenge myself in IT sector, yet, due to other jobs and circumstances, I was not capable of devoting myself to developing more seriously. I recognised this Program as a great opportunity to adopt knowledge and skills in this field thanks to the cooperation with experienced developers and to practical work.
What was your occupation before that?
My previous work experience included freelance jobs in the fields of marketing and opinion polling. In addition to that, I still volunteer in a scout organisation.
What is your experience from the training?
Thanks to the training I gained new experience and made new acquaintances with the people sharing same affinities with me and it motivates me to keep perfecting and making progress in this job.
How does your new job look like?
I work in a pleasant environment with diligent and positive people with whom it is pleasure to work and develop. Now I practically apply the knowledge gained at the training, whereby I also have an opportunity to upgrade the competences earned by working on maintaining and developing OpenErp system (software for planning and management of company resources) mail server, cloud etc.
Milica Milojević shared her experience with us.
Seeking new intellectual challenges after completing MSc studies at the Faculty of Architecture, I got interested in developing. I was aware of the fact that, apart from working alone, it was essential to be surrounded by experts. Therefore I set a goal to get some practice in developing as soon as possible.
I learned about the state retraining program, as an ideal opportunity to achieve that goal. As a participant of the program, I completed the course at the Faculty of Organisational Sciences. With the help of devoted lecturers, I first mastered the basic principles of developing, which is a prerequisite for any further learning, and then the Java programming language.
The exchange of knowledge and literature with other training attendants was also of great importance. Currently, I am employed at Breza Software Engineering, where I am involved in an interesting project. In addition to the knowledge gained at the course, the practical work requires some additional skills and one of the most important of them is the skill of learning and application of what has been learnt on the fly.
Nenad Nastasić replied, also, in a concise manner.
I applied for the IT retraining project, believing that it was an ideal opportunity to change my career in a direction that I was always interested in.
Before the project, I dealt with catering.
The experience is great: Excellent lecturers, work in a small group with people craving self-improvement, very intensive tempo of work.
Currently, I work as QА Engineer responsible for software testing.