A Powercoders class | Photo: Powercoders
A Powercoders class | Photo: Powercoders

The Powercoders academy trains refugees in computer programming so they can find a job. News classes are starting in Milan, Italy, next month. The online course is open to 20 students.

Powercoders, an academy to train refugees in computer programming, is starting a new program next month in Milan.

The academy offers refugees free coding classes and helps them look for jobs in the technology sector. It was founded in 2017 in Switzerland and has since expanded Italy.

According to a statement that organizers released on January 26, "among participants of Powercoders in Italy, 60% found a traineeship after the course and 80% subsequently found a job."

Course for 20 students opens in February

The first Powercoders program in Italy took place in Turin. Now, a second program will start in Milan in February for 20 refugee students -- however, due to the coronavirus pandemic, the course will take place online.

The goal of the program is to teach students the main languages of web programming, together with soft skills, in order to help them find a job.

'Allows refugees to express their talent'

"The project Powercoders allows refugees to express their talent while responding to the needs of a sector that is growing significantly", said Chiara Cardoletti, UNHCR representative for Italy. UNHCR is one of the sponsors of the academy.

Applications for the Powercoders course in Milan are no longer open. However, a similar program will start in Switzerland in the fall of 2021. According to the Powercoders website, applications for this program will open this summer.


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