Veteranius is an initiative that aims to help veterans, volunteers and internally displaced persons to try, learn and gain work experience in IT. The goal is to not just teach, but to employ and involve participants in socially important projects.
In early 2020, together with the BWN Group Vostok Donetsk launched the Veteranius project to help Ukrainian veterans, volunteers and internally displaced persons master programming skills. The initial participants of Veteranius already have jobs in IT and act as mentors for project newcomers. Thanks to the financial support of the International Renaissance Foundation and European Union in Ukraine within the humanitarian initiative “Humanity and Mutual Assistance”, as well as the BWN Group IT company, Vostok Donetsk expanded the project in August 2020 and now more veterans are able to join and benefit from the project. During the program, participants receive real tasks on projects that require software development. Their work is supported and supervised by mentors. With time, the project is aimed to transform into a permanent IT incubator.
It is difficult for veterans to find work and re-socialize after returning to civilian life. They need support in receiving professional training and psychological help to re-adapt in a peaceful environment.
One option is to get a new profession. IT is the most promising and in-demand field in Ukraine. However, taking professional courses does not guarantee a job in the IT sector. The search for the first job can take months as companies usually do not want to hire people without experience. And this is a kind of vicious circle. There is no work without experience, and no experience – without work.
The idea of our project is to provide veterans with their first job in an IT company and train them in working conditions with simultaneous re-adaptation and socialization, creating a combined team of veteran newcomers to IT and experienced IT professionals.