News Archive 2022

Help’s support for investing in young IT experts in Montenegro

4.10 . 2022

Radojka Poleksić graduated from the Faculty of Science and Mathematics at the University of Montenegro (PMF) majoring in mathematics and computer science. Milica Radunović from the HR of the Finagate IT company included Radojka in Help’s training program with work within the project “Social and economic empowerment in the region of the Western Balkans” financed by the German government.

Poleksić says that this was the perfect opportunity for her professional development:

“I am very satisfied and I hope that they are also satisfied with me. Classical education provided me with theoretical knowledge, but we did not have the opportunity to deal with such practical things that are necessary for work in this profession. Here, we work directly on projects with a mentor who checks everything, and from whom we receive good, corrective critique, on how and what needs to be changed, and that means a lot in terms of the speed of work, as well as the pace at which new knowledge is acquired. I am extremely satisfied and I would like to stay here even after the training”.

When asked if she would recommends this type of training to young talented people after completing classical education, who see their future in the IT sector, Radojka Poleksić answers absolutely :

“Definitely, after classical education, which is the foundation, we have to go through this kind of training to learn what is expected of us in this job. I would recommend all my peers to get involved in projects like this, whenever the opportunity arises. Here we have the opportunity to work on the most modern programs and technologies that exist, as well as to be trained by the best people in the field, from whom we can learn a lot.”

Milica Radunović from the Finagete HR department says that this kind of programs are necessary and as an IT company they were very happy to participate in such a project, because it has multiple benefits. Also they hope that there will be more this kind of project in the future. Young beneficiary Radojka Poleksić, has a perspective within their company.

“We would also offer young people to come for training with us after finishing school, and to keep them later. We are absolutely satisfied with Radojka, I hope that we provide her with enough knowledge and opportunities to use all the skills she has acquired and will continue to acquire. And we would certainly have kept her even without this program, because she proved to be great”, says Radunović.

She explains how their process of recruiting young talent usually goes:

“Mostly, we contact people from the University to give us recommendations for certain number  of the young people who did well in their respective studies, and to whom we could provide additional knowledge, improve them and then retain them. And of course young people today, especially those from the IT sector, contact us themselves, send their CV’s, so that’s a process in which we usually reach to them “.

However, Radunović says that there is still room for improvement and connection when it comes to young people from less developed areas, from the north part of Montenegro. Most of their employees, she notes, are from Podgorica and Nikšić. Unfortunately, young people from less developed areas only get a chance if they come forward themselves.

Ivan Bojanović graduated from vocational high school ETŠ “Vaso Aligrudić”, which work closely  with IT companies, and applied for on-the-job training after he had previously attended the Logate Academy, where he was trained as a Java developer. He is very pleased that, thanks to the Help  project, he had the opportunity to undergo a six-month on-the-job training at the Logate Institute.

Ivan told us that he was very satisfied, and, he believed, that he had used this great opportunity very well.

I hope that at the end of the six-month training I will continue to work in this company,” says Ivan Bojanović.

Filip Kečina from the Logate Institute confirms Ivan’s words and he is also grateful for the opportunity to engage talented young people through such a project. Ivan, says Kečina, has the opportunity to be part of the Logate team, where they are already counting on him.

We expect some top results from him. Ivan Bojanović has exceptional potential, even though he just finished high school, we are extremely satisfied with his potential, precisely because he is learning from some very good mentors and senior programmers. He has the opportunity to advance and be part of our team after he finish training on the job in this project. Ivan is a person we are already counting on, even after the conclusion of this project, so somewhere all the puzzle have come together. I believe that this opportunity for cooperation will continue to exist, we hope for successful cooperation with Help and with your partners in the future as well,” says Kečina.

Through the project “Social and economic empowerment in the region of the Western Balkans”, a total of 20 employers and the unemployed were supported and networked in this circle.

Within the program, Help  supported 20 employers through a non-reimbursable grant in equipment and tools for work. The equipment was delivered to them in July and August, after a previously process of the public tender.

The average value of the non-refundable grant was 2413.61 Euro per user/employer, and a total of 48 272.2 Euro was spent for the purchase and delivery of equipment to the user. Professional equipment was given to employers for use until the end of the project.

The employer’s obligation was to sign a minimum 12-month employment contract with the beneficiary at the end of the six-month paid on-the-job training. According to the contracts signed by the employer, unemployed persons and Help, the six-month on-the-job training is planned to last until the end of October.

To the satisfaction of Help, as many as 13 unemployed persons are women, of which two are from the Roma-Egyptian (RE) population and seven are men. Of the 20 unemployed, 15 of them were additionally supported through the project with licensed professional training with the aim of empowering, creating better conditions for work and further advancement, as well as obtaining a valid certificate from the licensed providers of the Center for Vocational Education of Adults for a specific profession/profession.

By the end of August, 13 of them successfully completed a three-month licensed training in the following professional occupations: IT-basics of computers, digital marketing and web sales – five people, administrator – four, two maids, one accounting technician and one cook.

It is ongoing and by the middle of November, licensed training will be completed for two more unemployed persons, for the profession of tourist guide and waiter.

Furthermore, two public calls are underway within the same project financed by the German government through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, with the aim of revitalizing the economy and promoting employment for new candidates for on-the-job training in the IT sector.

We especially encourage members of vulnerable groups such as: young people, women, people with disabilities and single mothers to apply for a new round of networking for the unemployed and employers.


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