New blood to Turkish IT sector from youth

01 Dec 2006

“Youth Movement in Information Technology”  initiated with the cooperation of Cisco Systems, UNDP, Turkish Informatics Foundation, Youth for Habitat Association and Istanbul Technical University (ITU) was introduced to the public with a press conference in Istanbul on 15 November 2006.

New Horizons - A significant new project for the Turkish IT sector, “Youth Movement in Information Technology” aims to engage hundreds of young people from different parts of Turkey in information-based social and economic life. As an important step towards training young human resources who are equipped with informatics and internet web technologies, this projects targets socio-economically disadvantaged people, aged 16-26, from 8 different provinces of Turkey.

Conducted under the coordination of ‘Youth for Habitat Association’, which is widely appreciated for its successful social initiatives for young people, the project will be implemented by entirely voluntary work, based on social responsibility approach, on the part of both the sponsoring companies and the trainers. 10 voluntary trainers, who have received their training certificates following courses provided by ITU Training Centre, will teach young IT candidates in classes of 20 in six cities. UNDP and Cisco Systems, which support the project by supplying the funds and the educational materials, aim to create the essential opportunities for these young people to be able to furher educate themselves in information technologies and make future careers.

The pilot cities of the project are Ankara, Hatay, Istanbul, Izmir, Kayseri, Kocaeli, Yalova and Malatya. Training facilities will be designated by Youth for Habitat Association. Kayseri Erciyes University and Gebze Technology Institute also support this initiative on a voluntary basis.

The training programme will continue for two years. In the first year, Foundations of IT and CCNA 1-2 Computer Network Modules will be studied within the framework of Cisco Networking Academy Programme. In the second year, CCNA 3-4 Modules will be taught. Trainees who successfully complete the programme will receive the internationally- recognized CNAP certificates given by Cisco. Economically disadvantaged young people and female students are offered priority in the programme.