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Powercoders launches the first coding course for refugees in Italy, in Turin.

Published on 16 Jan 2020

Powercoders offers intensive programming courses to refugees, with the aim of facilitating their integration into the IT working world. The project addresses two major challenges: the high number of unemployed refugees with IT skills and the lack of IT talent in the context, offering a solution that benefits both refugees and the economy in general.

Below, some data to date on Powercoders:

- Number of students trained in total: 130
- 97% find an internship after the course and 60% then find work
- Abandonment rate around 0
- Courses held in 4 Swiss cities; two permanent academies in Zurich and Lausanne

Thanks to a valuable partnership network, the first Italian class of refugee students will leave Turin next week.

All this was made possible thanks to the support given to Powercoders Italia by the following bodies and companies: Reale Foundation, Italian Accenture Foundation, Compagnia di San Paolo, La Stampa Foundation - Mirror of the times Onlus and Lenovo, in collaboration with UNHCR, l United Nations Refugee Agency in Italy and the IBM Foundation.

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