The Institute for Youth Initiatives and Innovation (IYII) has completed its first EDIBO Bootcamp on 28thof February 2020 at the International College in Dobrich. In a specially equipped hall, enrolled young people up to 29 who are not studying and not currently working (NEETs) had the opportunity, within 200 hours, to acquire the necessary computer skills to start their own businesses or to start working in an existing company. The training was split into two phases. During the first phase, the students attended theoretical classes leaded by professional lector, and the second phase (the best students will have the opportunity to intern at IT Sponsor Company) is still ongoing. The aim of the first phase was to improve not only technical knowledge, but also to enhance English and soft skills, such as group work and entrepreneurship.
The 1stBootcamp included 25 NEETs aged between 21-29 years old, most of them living in rural areas around the city of Dobrich. The students entered the course with very different level of education (45,5% – completed secondary education, 40,9% – completed higher education), digital skills, language skills (only 20% with basic level of English) and social standard.
Many partners and stakeholders supported IYII team in implementation the 1stEDIBO Bootcamp. Within the support of Dobrich Labor Office, the rural municipalities in the region and the Regional Information Center – Dobrich, two information days were organized in Dobrich with interested NEETs in order to promote the Bootcamp, to present the Curriculum, training schedule, teaching methods, expected results, etc.
All 25 students attending the 1stEDIBO Bootcamp received a Certificate of successful completion on a special awarding ceremony, organized by IYII. All stakeholders, supported the start of the training in Dobrich also were invited and attended the ceremony. They received Certificates of Appreciation, by the Chairperson of the IYII in gratitude for the support in finding young people to attend the 1stBootcamp.
After the 1st EDIBO Bootcamp awarded ceremony, the trainer Mr. Lachezar Rosenov and one of the students (Naylen Ali) were invited by the national Darik radio in Dobrich for a short interview. During the interview, Mr. Rosenov shared his personal impression of the 1stBootcamp, his satisfaction with all the students who completed the course, as well as invited new young people belonging to the category NEETs and wishing to participate and to improve its digital skills in the next cycles of courses in Varna region, during May 2020 and in Dobrich during September – October 2020, most probably.