After more than a year of facing unexpected challenges from the pandemic, one of the effects we look to change is the loss of jobs. According to the Dutch newspaper, NOS, almost one in three employees in the Netherlands works in a sector that has or will shrink as a result of the pandemic.
As a tech training academy, we are even more determined to prepare new and returning members of the workforce in an industry that shows promising growth. To provide those unemployed with the opportunities to rebuild their career in tech, our academy is launching the Work in Tech program (WIT).
We have partnered with INCO on this new initiative to make tech education and career building resources even more accessible. After previously working together on a program that provided underrepresented groups with better access to technical education and career opportunities, we’ve joined forces again to address the current economic effects of the pandemic.
What is the Work in Tech program?
The Work in Tech initiative was developed by INCO with support from Google.org and Coursera to help countries in Europe boost their economies through different initiatives. INCO selected organizations from 17 countries to distribute the course to unemployed, underrepresented or underserved citizens. INCO selected us as the academy in the Netherlands to offer tech training and job placement support to those who lost their jobs during the pandemic.
The WIT program is a self-paced series of five courses accessible online. Together with INCO, we will help train 372 candidates in IT support, with a focus on the 50+ age group. We recruit candidates for the program, provide tools and guidance during the course, and provide career accelerator training.
What skills will I learn to become job ready?
The program is intended to offer tech skills to a broad audience to help diversify the tech workforce. Designed for beginners, you do not need a previous degree or experience to participate in the program but should possess basic tech skills. You will learn the material hands-on over the course of 2-5 months that will prepare you for a career in IT support. Because the program is self-paced, you can expect to spend 5-10 hours per week on the program. The courses cover these following topics:
- Troubleshooting and customer care
- Operating systems
- System administration
What career can I start after the program?
In addition to the training you will receive, we will also provide resources to help you in the job search process including resume review, interview preparation, and more. You’ll be ready to start your new career in no time! The potential careers you can start after completing the WIT program include:
- Systems Analyst
- Support Specialist
- Database Administrator
- IT Technician
- Computer Specialist
- and more!
How do I register for the program?
You can enroll in the program here!
The course is offered in seven languages including English, Spanish, Portuguese (Brazilian and European), Arabic, Russian, German. Upon completing the course, you will receive a Google IT Support Professional Certificate and the support to start a new career. For more information about the course, visit the program site here.
In addition to facilitating the Work in Tech program, Codaisseur is working with the Dutch government on further educating citizens in various tech domains. The ‘Nederland Leert Door’ courses offered at Codaisseur include Learn Programming, Build Your Own AI, Ethical Hacking, and A Taste of Tech. The courses are designed for beginners, completely free of charge and are only available in Dutch. More information about and registration for these courses can be found here.
About INCO Academy
INCO Academy, part of the global INCO Group, is working to unlock and foster talent across the world to ensure that everyone can find their place in the future of work.
The INCO Academy - Work In Tech training program aims to propel individuals from diverse backgrounds - especially those most vulnerable and furthest away from work - into high-demand jobs in the emerging economy of tomorrow.