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The First Anniversary of SDA by Protik

On November 15th, the AADF celebrated the first anniversary of the Software Development Academy by Protik. In the presence of AADF’s Chairman of the Board of Trustees, the event brought together the key founders and stakeholders of the project, Mayor of Tirana Mr. Erion Veliaj, Mayor of Korça Mr. Sotiraq Filo, , and AADF Co-Ceo’s Mr. Martin Mata and Aleksandër Sarapuli.

This event presented the impact of the Academy and showcased real life stories through testimonials from the graduates who found a job in the ICT market. Companies such as Lufthansa Industry Solutions shared their cooperation with SDA by Protik in B2C and B2B partnerships. The Academy intends to bridge the market skill gap in the software development industry for at least 1500 ICT professionals during a 5-year time framework.

In one year, the Academy which started at the peak of the pandemic has enrolled over 330 students, has administered 23 programming classes out of which 113 students have graduated and 95 students have been employed as developers right after they graduated the Academy. They have been hired by international companies like ALEAT, Ritech Solutions, Lufthansa Industry Solutions, BKT, iKons, IntelyCare, Baboon and BothOfUs.

Besides the programming courses in Java, Python, PHP, JavaScript, DevOps and Software Tester, the Academy offers career counseling which includes assisting the ICT professionals on the creation of their CV, LinkedIn and portfolio to land a job as programmer for international companies or startups in Albania.