A study on women active in the ICT sector, published by DG CONNECT in October 2013, exposed that only 30% of the around 7 million people working in the information and communication (ICT) sector are women. They are under-represented at all levels in the ICT sector, especially in decision-making positions. Further, the EC’s Women active in the ICT sector report found that of every 1,000 women in the EU with a degree, only 29 have a specialization in ICT, compared with 95 for men, and only four in 1,000 will work in the ICT sector.

According to the Skill Gap Analyses conducted by the Association of ICT companies of Kosovo (STIKK) and supported by EYE Project, only 20% of people employed in the sector are women. This is far below even what is currently considered bellow in EU.

At A.U.K. Training and Development Institute the situation is the same. Out of +4,000 candidates trained on ICT courses, only 13% are female.

Some of the factors that may prevent women’s involvement in the ICT sector in Kosovo are the cultural stereotypes, internal barriers, lack of financial means, access to education, etc. With the ICT sector developing day by day, and increasing demand for human resource capacity, there is a lot of space for improvement in female’s involvement in the ICT sector, and especially youth that are on the process of choosing their career paths. A.U.K.- Training and Development Institute in collaboration with EYE project are implementing a project that will improve the current situation by offering trainings and certifications at the A.U.K.-Training and Development institute. The project will cover training, certification, soft-skill Development and ICT Internship placement for up to 50 participants from this marginalized group: Female. The aim of the program is to change the social paradigm by inspiring and creating role models of ICT Women already engaged in the ICT industry. Later during the project we will organize a Female in ICT day, a conference that depicts the benefits of the profession to young girls that are still undetermined about their future careers.

Provide ICT companies with turn-key potential employees that can fit the following ICT job profile:

Desktop Support Technician

Courses offered for Desktop Support Technician Profile are as following:
ECDL – European Computer Driver’s License
Windows Operating System Fundamentals
Windows Server Administration Fundamentals
Security Fundamentals
IT Essentials: PC Hardware & Software
CCNA 1: Introduction to Networks
CCNA 2: Routing and Switching Essentials
Elementary and Intermediate English
CV Writing,Interview,Presentation Skills etc.

System & Network Administrator

Courses offered for System & Network Administrator Profile are as following:
CCNA 1: Introduction to Networks
CCNA 2: Routing and Switching Essentials
CCNA 3: Scaling Networks
CCNA 4: Connecting Network
Configuring Windows 8
Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012
Administering Windows Server 2012
Configuring Advanced Windows Server 2012
Elementary and Intermediate English
CV Writing,Interview,Presentation Skills etc.

Software & Application Developers

Courses offered for Software & Application Developers Profile are as following:
Introduction to Programming
Software Development Fundamentals
.NET Fundamentals
Mobile Development Fundamentals
C++ Certified Associate programmer
C++ Certified Professional Programmer
Java Fundamentals for Android TM
Elementary and Intermediate English
CV Writing,Interview,Presentation Skills etc.