Programa Escolhas, the FIT4Jobs project partner from Portugal, carried out the Fit4JOBS training-for-employment model in Portugal in partnership with a CINEL, a formal vocational training provider.
The 275 hours of classroom training on the topic of Software Production has now come to an end. The next step will be an internship for the participants in the companies, which may result in concrete job placements.
Diverse background of trainees
The training’s target audience were young and unemployed people of different ages, most belonging to the 25-30 age range. The 30 trainees were selected from a total of 120 candidates who had taken the admission tests. All of them showed a high interest and motivation for the field of computing, information and communication technologies. The pool of candidates came from two sources: the Portuguese Employment and Vocational Training Institute (IEFP) and by the Programa Escolhas’ field projects.
Trainees come from study areas as diverse as computer science, engineering, education, science, architecture, music and psychology. Many of them have a secondary level of education, while some have a university degree. As Paulo Vieira National Manager for Digital Inclusion of Programa Escolhas puts it: “Our students have very diverse backgrounds because we wanted to see what will happen when you offer advanced ICT training to a heterogeneous group of young people in search of employment.”
José Santos, 32 years old, has worked as a computer consultant and has always been interested in this field. Currently unemployed, José hopes that with this training he’s able to re-entry the labour market.
Madalena Ezra, 27 years has a degree in Management. She says “Everything I’m learning is new. The team of trainers is excellent, and it is easy to learn. Having e-skills will surely be an asset to any company.”
Nuno Silva, the course trainer points out that they key success for the project was the careful choice of the participants: “In the training we can find motivated, participative, curious and autonomous students who enjoy exploring new technologies. Although we are still in an early stage to perform concrete assessments of their working capability, the trainees are already able to do machine maintenance and customisation of hardware or software.”