Seavus Education & Development Center (SEDC) introduced an innovative model of experiential learning in which students can actively experience the business environment by working on real projects for real companies.
The first Business Simulator in Macedonia aims to increase employability among students and it was launched at the SEDC.
It is a unique model for advanced practical training for students, designed according to a special training program where they get a real job roles within the simulated business processes supervised mentoring company.
The Director of Seavus Education & Development Center, Vesna Ivanoska, said the work of business simulator involved partner companies that will hire students to work on real projects.
“SEDC will follow the individual development of each student and make complete portfolios for students and will give them to the partner companies who want to quickly recruit staff,” said Ivanovska.
She informed that the first team, which will start with the learning experience with 12 best students of the Academy of SEDC, were interviewed by partner companies, and will work on two real projects.
Ivanovska said that the business simulator is conceived to be a hot spot in which students will feel at home with their coaches.
“We walk a serious step forward in building the much that IT professionals needed. Despite the theoretical and technical skills, the students will develop the skills and experience to work in real business processes, then they will be fully ready to respond to the needs of companies,” said Ivanoska .
The project is supported by the Program Increasing Market Employability – IME, of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) implemented by Swisscontact (Swiss Foundation for Technical Cooperation) in partnership with PREDA Plus.
Katarina Stoker, deputy director of the delegation and cooperation following the Swiss Embassy in Skopje, said that SEDC Business simulator is the first of its kind in Macedonia and the region that combines training and business practice as an innovative solution to the key challenges of the IT sector – and it needs professionals with specific skills required to meet the business needs of IT companies.
“Switzerland is proud to support this initiative and through it allows young people to get quick access to relevant skills and key employers of the dynamic IT sector in Macedonia,” Stoker.
Borce Jankuloski, director of PREDA Plus said that such business simulators are one of the ways to prevent brain drain from Macedonia.
“The improved cooperation between educational institutions and businesses of industry software and IT services is crucial for the development of skills and qualified staff to the needs of the labor market which contributes to greater employability of young people and women,” said Jankuloski.
Business simulator is the final stage in the framework of the annual Academy of SEDC. In these programs the participants organized into functional teams enter the system of specific business simulation project cycle under the supervision of one of the companies involved.
The complexity of the projects, the degree of independence and dynamic monitoring of progress will be determined by the mentor company and will be provided constant surveillance, administrative and logistical support.