Microsoft Launches Digital Skills Development Program in Cooperation with Universities across the Baltics
2020-11-25

Microsoft, in cooperation with the ISM University of Management and Economics in Vilnius, the University of Latvia Innovation Centre LUMIC and the Estonian Business School in Tallinn is launching the Baltics Digital Skills Program. The program was designed to support the acquisition of modern knowledge and as part of a global initiative, which will be available to any resident of Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia. It is anticipated that as part of this program more than 10,000 individuals in each of the three countries will acquire knowledge, which is now required the labour market. 

The Baltics Digital Skills Development Program is an individual development program based on a method of self-study, allowing program participants to acquire knowledge necessary in the labour market at their own pace. Knowledge about the development of applications will enable them to develop applications, which will help simplify, transform and automatize business processes. The training program is open to students and representatives of various professions, regardless of age and the field they work in. The program consists of two modules: the first module covers data and business analytics, and the second module includes app making, software and systems design, production and testing. During eight weeks of studies, the course materials and self-learning will be complemented with practical classes (webinars), during which the program leaders with the field experts will give the trainees an insight into how the knowledge they have acquired can be used in practice.

“The labour market all over the world is undergoing rapid and comprehensive changes: remote work, digitalisation and automation of processes are changing the knowledge and skills that are necessary for successful competition on the labour market. The results of the latest survey by the World Economic Forum shows that about 50 percent of employees[1] will need retraining in the next five years. Today it is important for everybody not to wait for these five years to pass, but to think about new knowledge and skills that will help us successfully use new technologies for our benefit and be in demand in the labour market, both now and in the future,” Anke den Ouden, Microsoft General Manager for CEE Multi-Country Region, emphasized.

Students who will be joining the labour market in the upcoming years particularly need digital skills as this will be the norm of the job requirements. Therefore, Microsoft has chosen three leading business universities in the Baltic states to kick-start the program.

“Being close to business is in our DNA. Our students are valued so highly because of that – they graduate with a business mindset and the ability to quickly adapt their knowledge and skills to the business’ needs. Thanks to this program, they will gain new relevant competencies, such as experience in software development. This will provide them with new tools to make data-driven business decisions and manage large-scale projects, as well as give them a strong boost in their careers in general”, says Dalius Misiūnas, President of ISM University of Management and Economics.

As part of the Baltics Digital Skills Development Program, one will be able to acquire knowledge in one of the training fields offered by the program, which includes Business Analysis, Data Analysis, Development of low code, no code program and Development of Applications.

At the end of the program, students will have to pass a test to receive a badge on the completion of this course. Every participant of the training program, if chosen, can continue their studies and prepare for an exam to get a Microsoft certificate. The most motivated participants of the program will have opportunity to register for a virtual internship during which they will be able to test their knowledge and apply it in life.

The program is free and will be held in English.

Please visit the ISM University of Management and Economics in Vilnius www.ism.lt to learn more, apply to the Digital Skills Development Program, and choose your field of interest!

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