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Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Chernyshenko spoke about plans for the training of IT personnel. The Deputy Prime Minister noted that the programs are aimed at schoolchildren, students and adults who wish to obtain additional qualifications in the IT field.

“President Vladimir Putin has repeatedly noted that the training of professional personnel is a key factor in the development of the IT sector. On his instructions, within the framework of the Digital Economy national project, in the new academic year we will more than double the number of budget places in universities in IT specialties – from 80 thousand to 160.4 thousand. Active work is also underway to create training modules aimed at to improve the digital competencies of Russians, for children and adults. This year, a new federal project “Development of Human Resources in the IT Industry” was launched on the basis of a strategic initiative approved by the Prime Minister,” Dmitry Chernyshenko said.

Within the framework of the new federal project “Development of the human resources potential of the IT industry”, this year more than 80,000 university students will have the opportunity to study at “digital departments”. The programs will help students develop the digital competencies that are in demand. In total, by 2024, it is planned to enroll 385,000 students in the “digital departments”. And about 100,000 students in grades 8-11 will start learning programming languages ​​in free two-year courses. The training will be an addition to general education programs and will allow the children to get their first skills and decide on the choice of their future profession. Last year the program started in 10 pilot regions. More than 31.5 thousand schoolchildren have started education.

In 2022, as part of the Digital Professions project, 57.5 thousand people will receive additional education in the IT field with state support. They will be reimbursed half of the cost of education. Graduates of the courses will be able to apply the acquired knowledge in their work or completely change the field of activity and reveal their creative potential.

Teachers will also improve digital competencies. During the year, about 18 thousand teachers of higher and secondary vocational education will be trained on the basis of the Innopolis University. And the educational programs of universities themselves will be updated in accordance with the needs of the market. More than 40 professional standards will be revised with the participation of the expert community and organizations involved in the implementation of projects in the digital economy.

Dmitry Chernyshenko added that Russia still has a high demand for IT specialists. Only in January of this year, one of the most popular job search and recruitment portals published 86 thousand vacancies in this industry. They are among the highest paid in the market.

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