Tag Archives: “Boosting Technological Developments in Shirak Marz” project

^03759586CDD5E800D5B7C541E55B5D7989D8FE74CC64939596^pimgpsh_fullsize_distrMany young people from Gyumri (Shirak marz) see their future in information technologies (IT) sector and Gyumri Technology Centre (GTC) is exactly what they seek. GTC is an inspiring example for different Armenian marzes. In October 2017 an IT incubation laboratory was opened in the centre as part of the “Boosting Technological Developments in Shirak Marz” project, funded by the European Union and the Ministry of Territorial Administration and Development of the Republic of Armenia. The project aims at supporting Shirak’s economic development by reducing youth unemployment and developing the IT community and relevant businesses. The incubation laboratory offers 17- to 35-year-olds 6 months free training on programming. This is followed by a 5-month internship, after which the best candidates will be provided with a permanent job at companies operating in GTC. The project helps IT companies grow and create new jobs expecting to facilitate the employment of 90 IT professionals in local companies. This two-year project was launched in December 2016 and has a budget of €750,000. The EU contribution is €510,000.

^32E5EE32B52EE69C92DFAE4EF2BFFDB9F2A68F63CE865C4A71^pimgpsh_fullsize_distr - CopySona Harutyunyan, a training participant, rates the IT incubation lab highly: “The knowledge we gained at University is basic. This project has enabled us to deepen our knowledge to enter into the IT profession. In six months we have significantly deepened the knowledge that we received in University. After six months of training, we took an exam and passed to the internship stage. I am doing my internship at the “Synergy” Company and it will last for 5 months. We will prepare a project which we will be presented. The IT sector in Gyumri is developing and there are many vacancies. This will give us the opportunity to stay in Gyumri after the training and not go to Yerevan”.

^53FA4FE1007B58E707532FA261CA5456C7944750B15D4383C4^pimgpsh_fullsize_distrAfter participating in the training and doing an internship, Armen Movsisyan now works at “Chessify” company: “After graduation, we were able to put skills into practice. We took exams and did an internship at the company which wanted to give us a chance. Now I’m working at “Chessify” company. Recently, especially when GTC moved to a new building, it was a great stimulus for Gyumri residents to prove their talent in the IT sector”.

On 25 October the Head of the EU Delegation to Armenia, Ambassador Piotr Świtalski, was in Gyumri, Shirak marz, on a working visit. In the morning the Ambassador met the Governor of Shirak, Arthur Khachatryan.

ARS_6983After the meeting, the Ambassador participated in the opening ceremony of an IT incubation laboratory at Gyumri Technology Centre. Microsoft Innovation Centre Armenia opened the IT incubation laboratory as part of the “Boosting Technological Developments in Shirak Marz” project, funded by the European Union and the Armenian Ministry of Territorial Administration and Development. The project aims to support Shirak’s economic development by enrichment of unemployed youth and business development of IT community. This two-year project was launched in December 2016 and has a budget of €750,000.
The incubation laboratory will provide a 5-month coding boot camp in information technologies for unemployed 17- to 35-year-olds living in Shirak. The project will collaborates with local IT companies to identify human resource demands and train junior developers. It will include nearly 200 participants. The first round of training has already been completed, and more than 50 people have sat an intensive training course on programming. Starting from November, they will be sent on coding boot camps by potential employers. The programme expects to have newly trained 90 IT professionals employed at local companies.

ARS_6729Ambassador Świtalski spoke about the importance of informational technologies: ‘There are many reasons to feel happy for this event. Firstly, this is the first and one of the most important projects that we are doing together with the Armenian Ministry of Territorial Administration and Development. It is a part of our joint effort to boost regional development – I am happy to see the results. Secondly, this project is about IT technology, a digital Armenia. We believe that Armenia has big potential, particularly in this field. The EU wants to support all the efforts of the Armenian government and stakeholders. Thirdly, it’s not only about capacity building, it’s about job creation. We hope very much that sub-granting employers could benefit from this lab. Fourthly, it’s about the new generation. We believe in Armenian youth; we want to develop their abilities and to fulfil their aspirations in Armenia itself. Finally, this project is important for its regional focus in Gyumri, Shirak. We want to do more projects in this city and the whole marz’.

ARS_6768The Armenian Minister of Territorial Administration and Development, Davit Lokyan, highlighted the importance of the laboratory: ‘Through this project, we are trying to reduce youth unemployment in Shirak and improve young people’s knowledge and skills in IT, a priority for Armenia today. In Shirak, GDP per capita is the lowest in Armenia and the government has set itself a task to improve the situation by 2025’.

ARS_6752The Director of the Microsoft Innovation Centre Armenia, Artashes Vardanyan, noted that Shirak has huge potential: ‘Shirak has huge human resource potential. The project aims to both expand IT companies and create new workplaces through buildings skills and knowledge among unemployed youth and better positioning in local and international markets’.

After the tour, the project announced the results of a sub-grant opportunity. 7 local IT companies will receive sub-grants of €5000-€10,000 to expand their activities and create new workplaces for project trainees.
Ambassador Świtalski concluded the day by visiting the Emili Aregak Support and Resource Centre for Children and Youth with Disabilities in Gyumri.