For 4 years, the “Tekwill Academy” project brings information technology closer to all those who have completed their university studies and wanted a retraining or acquisition of new professional skills for a future in IT. With 10 ongoing courses, the initiative has trained hundreds of people currently employed in the largest IT companies in the country, educated teachers at higher education institutions in Moldova and provided educational tools for thousands of young people in launching and developing their own projects. “Tekwill Academy” was created and operates within the TEKWILL project implemented by the National Association of ICT Companies with the support of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Government of Sweden.
In an innovative environment, following the latest trends on the labour market in the field of IT, “Tekwill Academy” prepares courses on specific topics, following an updated curriculum, taught by professional trainers in the field of ICT in Moldova and abroad. Out of the desire to provide technological education and support the development of industry not only in the capital, in the last two years, the project has expanded to the north and south of the country, and thus the TEKWILL project kicks off “[r]evolution reaches the whole country“.
Marcela Lupșa, graduate, Manual Quality Assurance course: “I found out about the Tekwill project since it opened, it was in the beginning. And for me it was a special place, even magical.”
Tatiana Ciaglic, graduate, Web Development course: “I consider that it is very useful and necessary for our country what Tekwill does. I liked the program; I liked the practical approach. We really worked on our projects and sites. We applied the theory in practice while learning, which is very important when learning technologies. The skills I acquired here I further put into practice in my work as an e-learning specialist. The training acquired at Tekwill, helped me launch a startup – which is a great success for me.”
Andrian Garștea, graduate, Web Development course: “The information I obtained here was very important to me. That is because there are days when we encounter some kind of barriers at work that I cannot cross. Thanks to the course I had here, it became easier for me to overcome these obstacles.”
And to help close the gap between specialists trained in educational institutions and the needs of the IT industry, in partnership with major international providers, “Tekwill Academy” offers courses with internationally recognized certifications: Oracle, ISTQB Foundation, etc.
Andrei Erhan, graduate, Python and Machine Learning Unlocked course: “After finishing this course, I have already obtained an internship, and the employment follows.”
Eugen Valah, graduate, ISTQB Foundation Level certification, Agile Tester Extension certification: “I came from another field, just like many others studying at Tekwill. I needed a certificate that officially proves my knowledge. I had the opportunity to take the ISTQB Foundation Level and Agile Extension exams.”
The success of the project does not end here: Tekwill Academy continues to expand in the regions. Professionals from other fields, enthusiasts and all those interested in IT can choose to study one of the courses that the program offers, and later – get an employment opportunity within an IT company in the region.
Corina Damaschin, project manager “Tekwill Academy”: “For 4 years, we trained over 1300 participants in the courses, we had over 5 thousand participants in activities such as meetups, labs, webinars, various events within the Tekwill center but also online. In the future, we plan to expand to more cities, so we can be your IT guide in your locality – closer and more accessible.”
Tekwill Academy also offers training programs for international certifications: Cisco, Oracle, Cyber Security & Networks, SQL Fundamentals, JAVA Fundamentals, etc. Between 2018 and 2020, over 150 specialists have certified their knowledge in the field.