Russia: free IT courses for people who are disabled or unemployed
Free professional IT courses available on the GeekBrains platform for people with disabilities and the unemployed
TASS has reported on an announcement from the GeekBrains press service (GeekBrains is part of the VK holding company) that people with disabilities and the unemployed will be able to access professional IT courses for free.
A 50 percent discount on course fees is available to those on low incomes, public sector employees, students, and parents of children under 3 whose income is higher than the regional average. A 75 percent discount is available to those who are unemployed but not registered with the job centre and also for parents of children under 3 whose income is lower than the regional average.
The GeekBrains platform has over 100 professional further education courses in areas such as programming, mobile development, analytics, artificial intelligence, information security, marketing and design. The courses are being offered by the country’s leading higher educational establishments and education platforms.
Last year the project was open to 25 000 participants and this year that number is set to double.
To be eligible to take part in the Geek Brains Digital Professions training project participants must be Russian citizens over 16 years old who have completed secondary education but are not yet of pension age. Applicants must complete a questionnaire on the Gosuslug (Government Service) website, have their application approved and undertake an entrance test with GeekBrains.