Today, on July 21, the Central Communications Service under the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan held a press conference on the topic “Training of Kazakhstani women in IT professions within the framework of the IT-Aiel program”. The program was launched on the initiative of Astana Hub with the support of the Mayor’s Office together with the National Commission on Women’s Affairs and Family and Demographic Policy under the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan.
The participants of the program will begin to master new IT skills from August 1 in an online format in Kazakh and Russian. Out of 2,307 applications, 668 – from Astana, 371 – from Almaty, 63 – from Shymkent and 1205 from other regions of Kazakhstan.
“We observe a wide geography of interest in the program, women from all regions of Kazakhstan want to study IT. The program is of great value for unemployed women, and it has become an important step towards creating equal opportunities and supporting women’s entrepreneurship in the field of information technology. We are very pleased with the desire of Kazakhstani women for professional development and their desire to contribute to the information technology industry of our country,” said Alina Abdrakhmanova, Managing Director of Astana Hub.
The average age of the participants is 32 years. As part of the program, they will first take a basic computer literacy course, and then No Code School and Freelance School. The training program includes a variety of formats: video lectures, assignments, online webinars and workshops.
“Kazakhstan is a country with developed GovTech and FinTech, which has achieved significant results among the countries of Central Asia and Eastern Europe in the field of digitalization and Internet distribution, despite the vast territory. In this regard, it is important to support women’s IT entrepreneurship in digital business, teach digital skills to expand financial integration and promote learning to manage enterprises in order to develop their confidence in their abilities and abilities in the digital economy. Encouraging women’s participation in the digital economy contributes to stronger economic growth and increased well-being,” said Aziza Shuzheyeva, member of the National Commission on Women’s Affairs and Family and Demographic Policy under the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan.
One of the key components of the IT-Aiel program is No Code School, the purpose of which is to teach participants to create IT products quickly and without the need for programming, as well as to master the basic principles of creating startup projects and their proper testing. Students of the program will have access to online lessons that provide materials on the study of current no code tools for creating landing pages, websites, mobile applications, chatbots and marketplaces.
“Also, in order to support the freelance economy in Kazakhstan and increase the share of female freelancers on digital platforms, we have introduced the Freelance School course into the IT-Aiel program. Freelancing training will provide women with the opportunity to earn in local and foreign currency by working remotely and reducing the gender gap in wages and employment,” said Daulet Beymurzinov, Director of the Astana Hub Office of Educational Programs.
At the end of the training, all graduates of the IT-Aiel program will receive electronic certificates confirming the successful completion of the courses. Also, 100 of the most active and talented participants of the program will be invited to Astana Hub for the certificate awarding ceremony, where they will be able to share their experience and ideas, as well as find support and inspiration for further professional development.
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