On November 22, 2018, the first meeting of the Sectoral Council of Qualifications in the field of ICT was held at the State Institution “High-Tech Park Administration”.
The main objectives of the creation and operation of the Sectoral Council are the foundation and development of the institute of professional standards, the system of assessment and certification of ICT qualifications, as well as the organization of interaction between IT companies and educational institutions on the training of qualified personnel in the ICT field. The council consists of the representatives of government agencies, universities and other educational institutions, IT companies, other organizations and enterprises.
Since the very first meeting, the Sectoral Council has proved to be an open structure aimed at helping businesses in the training and development of IT staff. Representatives of HTP residents and other companies working in the IT sphere, as well as the Ministry of Labor and Social Security, the Research Institute of Labor, and the Republican Institute of Higher Education were invited to the meeting.
Business representatives said that the current consolidated classification manual is incomplete and in fact is not used in companies when evaluating staff. Companies develop and apply their own internal qualifications systems, most of which are based on international experience. A number of similar systems have been submitted to the Sectoral Council. At the same time, the companies talked about the difficulties they face when hiring employees. In particular, they discussed the importance of soft skills for IT professionals.
The speakers gave an opinion in favor of creating a unified system of qualifications with uniform qualification levels for developers, QA specialists, business analysts in the industry etc. It was noted that the absence of such a system today forces each company to solve a problem on its own and spend extra time and money on it. In addition, without the current system of qualifications, the education system does not have clear guidelines on uniform requirements on the part of employers for graduates of educational institutions.
Those invited to the meeting recommended, first of all, to start the development of professional qualification standards for software developers and QA specialists.
The members of the Sectoral Council supported the proposals of the companies and decided to start work on the formation of working groups that will deal with relevant issues. With the participation of the IT community in the first quarter of 2019, it is planned to create an industry qualifications framework.