Serbia needs 30,000 IT specialists by 2020

Companies in Serbia currently lack 15,000 IT specialists, and projections show that the country will need at least 30,000 of them by 2020, Assistant Minister of Education Gabrijela Grujic said in Nis today.

She also said that it was the state’s responsibility to provide young people with quality education so that they could readily respond to the challenges in the labour market.

“We now have a dual education system in secondary schools, but it is very important for us to support our students to connect with companies,” Grujic said at the opening of the Employment and Professional Orientation Fair in Nis.

Grujic added that the state must help students to understand that companies had been going through an accelerated technical and technological development and that sometimes our curriculum and education system were lagging behind.

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She announced a change in the legal framework and the creation of conditions for students to obtain work practice during their education.

“When looking for employees, companies want young but experienced workers.  Why shouldn’t they accept the work experience gained during formal education?!” Grujic said.

Director of the National Employment Office, Zoran Martinovic, said that there was a shortage of workers in information and communication technologies and that the National Employment Office had started to re-train unemployed persons for jobs in IT.

He said that the re-training would continue next year, and the unqualified and semi-skilled persons will get the opportunity to attend training for professions that are currently in deficit.

The Mayor of Nis, Darko Bulatović, said that thanks to the opening of new facilities, the number of unemployed in that town was reduced from 39,000 to 25,000, while the number of employees increased from 61,000 to 77,000.

The Job and Professional Orientation Fair was held under the auspices of the Advanced Technology Forum.

(Vecernje Novosti, 08.11.2018)

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