The Russian educational platforms Skillbox and GeekBrains, which are part of the VK ecosystem, have launched a project for free training in IT specialties for former prisoners, they will also be helped with future employment.
“The educational holding Skillbox Holding Limited (Skillbox, GeekBrains — part of the VK ecosystem) has launched a project to resocialize prisoners #lifeafter. As part of this initiative, people who have a criminal record will be able to take Skillbox courses for free, learn a profession in demand and get help with employment.”— reported in Skillbox.
At the first stage, Skillbox will allocate 100 grants for training in IT professions in the amount of 12 million rubles. Former convicts will be able to study in 12 specialties, including: web developer, SMM specialist, Java developer, web analyst and others. To train each specialty, basic computer skills will be enough, otherwise the professions can be mastered from scratch, grant recipients will not need any specialized knowledge.
Those convicted of minor crimes who were early released from prison in 2021-2022 will be able to study free of charge. To receive a grant, applicants must choose a course on the project websitefill out an application and attach a motivation letter.
The project has already been operating in pilot mode with the Lipetsk Women’s Correctional Colony No. 7 since March 2022. 10 participants learn new professions, including “Photography from zero to PRO”, “Photoshop from zero to PRO” and others.
The partners of the project were Zonatelecom and the Federal Penitentiary Service of Russia. The company also plans to scale the project and connect penitentiary institutions (prisons, correctional camps, colonies) from different regions.