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 project was launched at the proposal of the Ministerial Council for Innovative Entrepreneurship and Information Technologies, chaired by Prime Minister of the Republic of Serbia Ana Brnabic.
Trainings in the IT retraining program are designed with the aim of quickly contributing to the supply of talent on the labour market. The program for unemployed candidates is implemented by the National Employment Service, while the program for those employed is implemented by the Office for IT and eGovernment, in cooperation with the Office of the Prime Minister.
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.
Two rounds of retraining for the employed and unemployed have been completed so far, and 2,200 participants successfully completed them.
The program is profitable, because a newly employed programmer returns the amount invested in his/her training in about 6 months through taxes. The average starting salary of employees from the first pilot phase is about RSD 45,000. With more than 30 percent of employees in the positions of programmers from the first pilot phase of retraining, the investment returns to the state through taxes and contributions in less than a year, while the overall effect on the Serbian economy is much greater.
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.