04 April 2014 15:51

Some 327 young unemployed will have the opportunity to take part in free job placement programmes funded by four organisations, said Labour Minister Zeta Emilianidou yesterday.
Speaking after a meeting with the organisations yesterday, Emilianidou said that the programmes are in the green economy and IT, "sectors that have employment prospects".
The programmes are offered by Intercollege Nicosia and another three companies - Examsoft, Digipro and Microsoft Cyprus.
The Minster said that demand for these programmes was huge. She expressed hope that more businesses will follow this example.
Intercollege offered exclusively for unemployed, programmes linked to green skills: photovoltaic and solar, geothermal and wind energy. The duration of the training programmes amounts to 30 hours each.
Emilianidou said that 127 participations have been approved to date and that workshops begin on Monday and will be completed in June.    
Some 40 jobless academics have benefited to date from the free programmes offered by Digipro concerning the integration of new technologies in the educational process.  
Digipro's Chryso Christodoulou said that two programmes have already been completed in Paphos and more will follow in the town but also in Limassol, Larnaca and Nicosia.
The total number of participants is expected to reach 120, while 90% of those who have already participated in the programme have found a job.   
Microsoft Cyprus also completed in December 2013 the training of 40 unemployed, selected in collaboration with the ministry, who were introduced to the use of Microsoft Office Specialist.
According to Microsoft Cyprus representative Vanessa Antoniadou, following the completion of the placement, participants took exams and received certificates.  
Examsoft offered free lessons to 40 jobless, 32 out of which are now employed.  
All four companies expressed intent to launch a new series of training programmes.


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