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Free IT courses to be provided for over 1,200 young people

A total of 1,253 unemployed people under the age of 34 will have the chance to attend IT training courses at the Employment Service Agency, government ministers told a news conference Saturday.

Skopje, 14 September 2019 (МИА) – A total of 1,253 unemployed people under the age of 34 will have the chance to attend IT training courses at the Employment Service Agency, government ministers told a news conference Saturday.

Minister of Labor and Social Policy Mila Carovska and Minister of Information Society and Administration Damjan Manchevski announced the new initiative, which will receive funding of MKD 35,1 million (around EUR 570,000) from the national budget.

“We’d like to give young people a chance not only to get low-paying but also high-paying jobs like the ones in the IT sector,” Minister Carovska told reporters.

Minister Carovska urged more women to apply for the free training courses, citing figures that only 20 percent of trainees in recent years had been female.

Minister Manchevski said the country’s IT industry was experiencing growth, with over 2,000 businesses in the sector and 145 new startups this year.

Manchevski also said new tax cuts would be introduced for developing companies, which is expected to encourage further investments.

Employment Service Agency director Biljana Jovanovska said the IT training courses would be held nationwide over 3-4 months.

After completing the courses and passing the final exam, attendees will be awarded certificates of accreditation, Jovanovska said. mr/

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