Romanian recruitment site EJobs has launched Coderslab, a €1 million ($1.2 million) professional development program to help candidates improve their employment prospects in the country’s IT sector.

Coderslab is financed in part by the European Social Fund, the EU’s main instrument for investing in individuals. It targets workers who live outside the country’s relatively affluent capital, Bucharest, and has quotas for women, members of rural communities, workers over 40 years old and low-income individuals.

“It is very important to mention that no prior training is required–the courses are designed specifically for beginners. They must have completed at least eight years of schooling, be employed and be eager to learn,” said CEO of EJobs Bogdan Badea.

Participants will be able to choose between courses for Java Script Programmer (four to six months), where they will learn how to develop interfaces for web or mobile applications, and Quality Assurance (QA) Tester (six to eight weeks). Sessions will take place online after business hours, and be free of charge for learners. Around 650 places will be available.

EJobs.ro is Romanian’s No. 1 recruitment vertical. Its main competitors are BestJobs.eu, Hipo.ro and Romjob.ro.

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