The Wielkopolska Association of Employers Lewiatan has opened invitations to units operating in the IT sector to take part in the project “Grant for young academic teachers at IT faculties in Poznań.”
The project aims to establish a fund for grants for young staff at Poznań universities and support the education of specialists.
The past year has significantly accelerated the development of the IT industry not only in Poznań but also nationwide. During the pandemic, demand for internet products and services increased and therefore also for specialists who would provide these solutions. In 2021, 87% of companies plan to increase employment and thanks to the city’s high educational potential, the IT sector in Poznań has access to a highly qualified workforce. It is also a great time to support young lecturers involved in the education of IT specialists. This idea is a core element of the project.
“Poznań is dynamically developing as a technological centre. Every year, the city attracts new investors from the IT industry, i.a. thanks to the talent pool,” says Katarzyna Sobocińska, Deputy Director of the Investor Assistance Office of the City of Poznań.
As part of the project, sponsors will collaborate with universities on implementing engineering theses under their patronage and introducing IT business-oriented subjects to curricula. It has been agreed also to launch new professional degree programs.
Grants will be awarded to assistant professors with a minimum two-years experience and young doctors with university teaching qualifications who deliver IT courses at universities.
Sponsors say they will contribute to grant funding for a three-year period. The funds will be distributed among the best young academic researchers and teachers. The beneficiaries will be chosen in a grant contest that will be announced by Lewiatan.
“Investing in the education of our future employees and our involvement in the creation of curriculums is an effective way to solve the growing problem of staff shortages and insufficient competencies in IT companies,” says Piotr Śledź, president of IT.integro, one of the project’s sponsors.