"Wotech"

for women in Estonia & Latvia

12 months (300+ hours of expected participation)

WoTech is a reskilling program, run by Riga TechGirls and Smartworkacademy, which prepares women for a junior positions in the programming field.

During this 12 months program, 100 women in Estonia and 100 women in Latvia will:

  • get access to free training in programming
  • develop a network among the local community of learners and recruiters
  • develop soft-skills that support career change

Applications are closed!

Short Description

Program duration: estimated to start in March 2024 and last until March 2025

Price: FREE

Application period: until 20.01.2024 midnight. NB! DEADLINE EXTENDED TO 24.01 midnight!

Language: English

Application criteria: no previous IT-related job or learning experience required, just a motivation to pivot a career to IT + readiness to work hard & study independently.

Course structure: contact courses online (about 200h) related to programming, webinars to increase soft skills, and mandatory internship at the end of the course.

What to expect as a learner?

During the program learners will go through a thorough training giving fundamental tools to start working as junior programmers. Preliminary topics, that will be covered (may change): Java, SQL, DevOps, AI.

The programming related course will require about 180-220 learning hours. Learners will be expected to take part of online contact meetings (held in the evenings and weekends), practice independently and work in groups. 

To finish the program successfully and most importantly – get a job in the ICT field –  learners must go for an internship of at least 2 months. Internship is mandatory to successfully finish the program and get the certificate. Participants must find the suitable internship themselves – though there will be support from the program side in finding the  job and internship openings.

It is possible to substitute internship with directly starting a new job in your chosen or similar field., or to continue studying programming in a course that lasts also minimum 2 months. Internship (or work or study) positions must be secured by the end of the program, but can be carried out after the program. 

There will be additional webinars organised to increase learners soft skills and career possibilities. Those meetings are held online and start when the programming course is almost done. The topics covered in the webinars will boost skills that are important to analyse oneself regards future career choices, prepare a CV and motivation letter, develop team-working and digital communication skills, and stand out when applying to jobs.

The instructors of webinars may give learners additional independent tasks/exercises to be completed before or after the webinars to deepen the learning curve.

During the whole program learners get to meet inspirational speakers from different IT companies and to learn more about different job possibilities in the field of ICT.

The learners will find themselves in an warm and friendly learning environment. Learners are organised into smaller learning groups of 5-6 learners, allowing to get to know each other better. The program managers are at disposal to support learners in every way they can.

How to apply?

The first step in the application process is going to the online form in Google Forms  and providing us with the following information:

– your contact details

– link to your LinkedIn profile (if you do not have it, then now it is the time to do it ;))

– a motivation letter, where you explain your motivation and thrive to start working in the IT field, as well as your capabilities & resources for fulfilling the course criteria

– share answers to a practical questions (you will learn more about from the form)

Note, the application process involves additional steps after sending your application: 

– Based on the application we will select suitable candidates and ask them to take part of two info sessions (online).
– First webinar takes place on 01.02.2024. from 17-19:00 EET (please book this time in your calendar beforehand). In this session you`ll here more about the course outline, important milestones, schedule, etc.
–  Second webinar will take place on 15.02.2024. from 17-19:00 EET (please book this time in your calendar beforehand).
– Final selection will be made based on the application and active participation of webinars and homework assignments.

Criteria for passing the program:

To pass the program, the leaner must:

– finish the programming course (about 180-220 learning hours)

– attend 90% of the webinars related to soft-skills

– go for an internship/start additional IT related studies or start working in the IT field

Learners, who meet the criteria above will get a certificate stating that they have passed the program.

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