Education/Job, IT support — March 4, 2024 at 3:33 pm

Free IT courses for Ukrainian refugees from SoftServe and the Romanian National Council for Refugees


SoftServe, one of the largest IT solutions providers in the region, launches the second edition of the EmpowerU program in Romania.

EmpowerUTogether with the Romanian National Council for Refugees (CNRR), SoftServe will offer Ukrainian refugees without IT skills free access to the Find Your Place in IT course, consisting of 6 introductory modules in programming languages.

The course, created by SoftServe Academy, will run for 8 weeks and is available free of charge for a maximum of 35 places. It will be taught in Ukrainian. Those interested can register online by filling in the form available on the SoftServe website until 8 March.

Through SoftServe Academy, the company offers learning solutions to those who are just starting out in IT – students, juniors and people looking to retrain.

To be eligible, participants must be Ukrainian citizens who are refugees in Romania, have at least a high school education, have a laptop or computer with Internet access and have a basic understanding of English. The course takes place from 25 March to 24 May and consists of 16 sessions, each lasting 2 hours and taking place twice a week. In addition, learners are advised to allocate a further 2 hours per week to complete practical tasks and individual study.

Participants will be selected by SoftServe Academy experts according to the criteria presented and the motivation described in the application form. On completion of the programme, they will acquire knowledge of Java, HTML&CSS, data analysis and testing.

Dorina Itu“Retraining is possible at any age. You just need to have determination and seek the right support and learning resources. SoftServe experts are 100% dedicated to the mission of making learners’ dreams of learning IT a reality and guiding their effort towards the next step, a career in IT,” says Dorina Itu, Country Learning and Development Manager, SoftServe Romania.

EmpowerU is a global programme dedicated to the education of vulnerable groups, launched in 2023 in 7 countries: Bulgaria, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Ukraine, Poland and Romania. In the first edition, held last year in Romania, 20 Ukrainian refugees with no IT skills attended the course organised by SoftServe.

Globally, more than 400 people have participated in EmpowerU projects – with groups ranging from war veterans and refugees to disabled people and teenage mothers.