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High-tech business organizes a summer academy for students in Burgas

The Association for Innovations, Business Services and Technologies (AIBEST) is organizing a free summer technical academy in Burgas, in partnership with the municipality. 90 students from 9th, 10th and 11th grade from the Vocational High School for Computer Programming and Innovation, the Vocational High School for Electrical Engineering and Electronics "Konstantin Fotinov", as well as children from the national program "Training for IT Skills and Career" of the Ministry of Education and Science will take part in it.

The academy will start on July 3 and within three weeks, the participants will work on a case study that is as close as possible to a real-life project. The students will be divided into teams and their mentors will include over 15 representatives from the largest Bulgarian and international IT companies, all of whom are members of AIBEST. Finally, the children will present their projects to a jury and the three best-performing teams will receive prizes from the association.

"We chose Burgas for the pilot edition of our summer academy because of the great potential for the development of the high-tech sector in the city. In recent years, along with Burgas Municipality, we have implemented many successful projects to expand our industry’s presence in the city. Therefore, supporting the development of talented Burgas IT students is a priority. I believe that the practical orientation of the academy will ignite the children's interest in career development in the high-tech sector. Soon we will welcome them as our colleagues in some of the most successful companies in Bulgaria," commented Ivan Rusev, R&D Director at Experian Bulgaria, and Member of the Board of Directors at AIBEST.

"This is the next pilot project in education that kicks off in Burgas. I am proud of our students and their teachers who actively take part in such initiatives and strive to be more knowledgeable, capable and competitive. I would also like to thank the AIBEST team which launched another initiative in Burgas. We have been successfully partnering with each other for over seven years, and together, we have convinced some of the biggest Bulgarian technology companies to open offices and form teams in Burgas. This academy is a sign that these companies are ready to expand their teams and open new jobs," said Mayor Dimitar Nikolov.

The association is an independent organization that unites some of the most prominent Bulgarian and international companies in outsourced business services and technologies. This spring AIBEST launched its national roadshow "The Road to Your Success" in Burgas, during which over 400 school and university students learned about employment opportunities in the "Knowledge Industry".

The size of the technology sector and the outsourced services industry amounts to 4.225 billion euros, accounting for 5.9% of the country's annual GDP. The forecast for 2025 indicates that its relative share of Bulgaria's GDP will reach 9%.
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