TechSaloniki announces its strategic academic partnership with the
Life Long Learning Center (LLC) of the American College of Thessaloniki.
A closer collaboration with TechSaloniki and the American College of Thessaloniki has been formalized. For both partners it represents an important strategic partnership, in order to give Train-To-Hire opportunities and actively take steps to close the gap between unemployment and unfilled positions in Technology companies in Thessaloniki.
About the collaboration
TechSaloniki is excited to announce its strategic academic partnership with the Life Long Learning Center (LLC) of the American College of Thessaloniki.
In order to give TECH-Professionals the opportunity to transfer technical knowledge and knowhow in a job focused scope TechSaloniki and LLC are currently designing re-train courses on Python and Java for programmers who wish to advance professionally and seek an opportunity for self-improvement. With strong emphasis on real-world application, the courses aim to engage programmers to improve their individual and organizational effectiveness skills.
This expanded partnership with highly respected ACT will enable them to develop new skills or enhance existing skills based on the current market needs, meet their professional development needs and opening up pathways for a potential hire by one of the twelve participating TECH-companies of the program by giving them train to hire opportunities.
Dealing with the problem
Companies in every industry face the challenge of maintaining and developing the skills of their employees across organizational levels. However, nowhere is this a greater challenge than in the technology industry.
Tech professionals must constantly assimilate information about progress in technology. This information can be complicated and difficult to digest. Courses need to be developed that teach the ins and outs of new trends, rapidly and effectively.
“When educational institutions synergize with businesses, the results are powerful”, Dr Panos Vlachos, President of Anatolia College , said about this collaboration.
Tech is certainly an industry where content will expire and become obsolete quickly, so this is the reason why we need to be sure that our people should always be up to date and trained on the latest TECHneeds of the market.
Let’s make I.T happen!
Based on popular demand, the first programs to be offered later in 2020 focus on Python and Java.
It is intended that the partnership will include joint recruitment and teaching initiatives and training for the next generation of IT graduates. The partnership will be cross-disciplinary, covering broad areas in Java and Python.
As tech & soft skills plays an increasingly important role in customer innovation, TechSaloniki and ACT will help them learn core skills to propel their career growth, skills that are often taught only in higher education.
“For many companies, universities have become essential innovation partners.”, said Nikolaos Karamoschos, CEO of Infodim and founding member of TechSaloniki. “As many corporations look to open innovation to augment their internal Research & Development efforts, universities have become essential partners. Indeed, companies now look to universities to anchor an increasingly broad set of innovation activities, especially those grounded in engaging with regional innovation ecosystems”
“For many companies, higher educational institutions have become essential innovation partners. Given both the promise and the challenge of university-industry interactions, it’s important to explore the factors that make such collaborations successful. Leveraging the best of our companies and the best of ACT is enabling us to get the skills necessary for tech-skills transformation into the marketplace faster and with higher quality than we ever thought possible.
The scope of the partnership will continue to evolve over time and will include closer sharing of facilities, resources and expertise, co-developing trainings and exclusive tech courses in order to upskill and retrain IT graduates that do not fill in the employability requirements and finally increase the recruitment pool of all the Tech Companies involved.
“The future of work is affecting basically every industry. This has become a CEO-level conversation,” said Anna Papadopoulou, Community and Events Manager of TechSaloniki. “They are taking action themselves because they are feeling an acute need in order to close the gap between Thessaloniki’s unemployment and unfilled positions in their companies. We feel glad to liaise with the best education providers, LLC/ACT, to ensure the successful program delivery and be the link between TECH-Companies located in Northern Greece and potential employees. We feel proud of being a part of this rapid growing tech-ecosystem of our city and we like to thank all the companies that trust us and support our initiatives”
In order to motivate Greek students and employees to pursue an international career in Thessaloniki the main goal of this partnership is:
- To liaise with the best education providers, LLC/ACT, to ensure the successful program delivery
- To upskill and retrain IT graduates that do not fill in the employability requirements so that we increase our recruitment pool
- To focus on skills and knowledge that are high in demand according to company needs
- To jointly deploy training syllabus and content
- To give our people the opportunity to transfer technical knowledge and knowhow in a job focused scope
- To ensure the continuity of the process and keep running trainings in an organized and productive way
- Το continue create new courses based on our market’s needs in collaboration with LLC/ACT
- Give Train-To-Hire opportunities in order to actively take steps to close the gap between unemployment and unfilled positions in our companies
What differentiates us
All the tech corporations involved will create the content for these programs, determine the required competencies for attendees to master, and create standardized skill sets, for job seekers in the IT sector.
In addition, the attendees will have the opportunity to learn and be trained by employees currently working at the tech-companies which will support the program. The main goal is that the candidates will obtain knowledge, by industry experts, based on the current market needs.
Finally, the attendees will have the opportunity to get a guaranteed employment offer and hire by the end of the course from one (…or more) out of the twelve tech companies.
Maria Rammou, Human Resources Director at Veltio one of the companies that will support this TechSaloniki initiative mentions: “At Academic Partnerships, we strive to ensure successful graduation for all students working to achieve their aspirations. The partnership with the LLC program of the American College of Thessaloniki creates the potential to add further value to our recruitment needs.”
About the Life Long Learning Center of the American College of Thessaloniki
The Lifelong Learning Center (LLC) at ACT – The American College of Thessaloniki, recognizing the need for high-quality, flexible training opportunities, offers a variety of educational programs for those who wish to advance professionally, or seek an opportunity for self-improvement.
“Participants will acquire the skills the industry needs and employers will retain or recruit the skilled professionals they need.”, said Dr. Sevasti Kessapidou, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs & Executive Director, Lifelong Learning Center, ACT, “It’s a win-win proposition facilitated by TechSaloniki and ACT”
Designed with a strong emphasis on real-world application, the programs engage individuals to improve their individual and organizational effectiveness skills. The Lifelong Learning Center draws heavily on the expertise of leading professionals as well as ACT’s faculty and alumni network to ensure an unmatched learning experience!