Free extra-curriculum training in software development for high-school students to acquire profesional qualification of „Application Developer”.
Growing demand for skilled professionals in software development country-wide.
The programme offers training for high-school students studying in non- specialised IT schools, to acquire the profesional qualification of „Application Developer”.
The training is provided by specific schools specialised and accredited to grant profesional qualifications in the field of computer sciences. Training is provided upon personal applications by students and free of charge. Training materials and curriculums are developed along with IT specialists and business practitioners. The training is both by lectures and online and takes place during the students’ free time from regular school hours or over weekends and holidays.
Duration is 3 academic years and at the end of each year and upon completion of the full course students do a test in order to qualify for acquiring the profesional qualification of Application Developer.
Stakeholders:
- Ministry of education and science;
- All high schools not specialised in IT training;
- 5 high schools in the country specialised and accredited to provide education and grant profesional qualifications in the field of computer sciences.
- Students

Resources needed

Human resource for lecturing specialised and accredited to provide education and grant profesional qualifications in the field of computer sciences;
370 000EUR for the school year 2017-2018
200 000EUR for the school year 2018-2019
380 000EUR for the school year 2019-2020

Evidence of success

21 students from Pazardzhik region enrolled so far: 13 from the Pazardzhik Mathematical School and 8 from Panagyurishte high school; The training is ongoing so no final number of successfully completed students is available.

Difficulties encountered

Potential difficulties in motivating high-school students to enroll should be considered since the entrance level of knowledge required to cover learning and test requirements for this IT training is much higher than students’ background knowledge acquired in their own non-specialised schools.

Potential for learning or transfer

This is a good example of responding to the current needs of the IT business for qualified professionals while saving time spent in education in order to acquire the skills.
Main institution
Ministry of Education and Science
Location
Южен централен, Bulgaria (България)
Start Date
September 2017
End Date
Ongoing

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