The IT industry is growing steadily in Europe but there is a shortage of skilled workers. Training and development opportunities are necessary for the future, as about 40% of employees will need retraining. IT bootcamps are becoming popular in Europe and offer a short and intensive course that qualifies for an entry-level junior position. However, graduates with placement barriers, such as gaps in their CVs, language barriers, or lack of work experience, often struggle to find employment. Job coaching and a strong company network can help with job placement, and graduates can also support each other.
The project aims to help IT career changers transition from education to their first job by establishing a company network and alumni community for mutual support. Two coding schools from Germany and Greece will exchange experiences and test measures, with the results compiled into a practical guideline to benefit European programming schools.
Impact Evaluation Indicators:
- Incorporation of project measures and good practices into daily work and corporate strategy by participating organizations, which will be evaluated through a questionnaire.
- Growth of the network of participating organizations by at least 20 IT companies and 15 other organizations, which will be shown in a list.
- Development of alumni community activities and implementation of concrete tools and steps, which will be measured through a survey on alumni activities and online interaction.
- Adoption and perceived value of the guide by European programming schools, will be evaluated through a small survey during an online event.
- Increase in job integration of alumni, which will be continuously tracked through placement rates as a long-term goal.
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