articles | 27 September 2022

Cyprus based tech firm keen to train future professionals

Kyndryl Cyprus, the local subsidiary of the leading international IT infrastructure services provider, this week announced that it hosted a number of students at its Nicosia offices, giving them the opportunity to learn how a major company in the technology sector operates.

Kyndryl joined forces with various leading academic institutions in Cyprus, launching a paid summer internship programme for information technology students looking to specialise in cloud services, cyber security, and data processing.

“The top jobs of the near-future will have some very interesting names, such as algorithm bias auditor, data detective, cyber calamity forecaster, and human-machine teaming manager,” the company said.

“These are the technology careers that emerged after a so-called online big-bang, according to the World Economic Forum,” it added.

The company explained that this technology-related shift in the workplace is gradually also gaining momentum in Cyprus, partially attributing this trend to the lockdowns that were enacted as part of the coronavirus outbreak response measures.

It went on to say that as more international companies dealing with the technology sector choose to establish a business base in Cyprus, the country’s technology ecosystem will continue to proliferate.

However, the company pointed out that it is widely acknowledged that there is a mismatch between market requirements, labour skills, and opportunities, with many mature organisations and start-ups in Cyprus’ technology sector being unable to easily meet their staffing demands.

This is what prompted the company to launch this initiative and launch its summer internship programme, facilitating the transition of information technology students into the labour market.

“Kyndryl in Cyprus supports the effort to train and guide new talents before they enter the labour market,” said, Director of Kyndryl in Cyprus Marios Kapiris said.

“Our goal is to continue to host the students and help them develop the skills of the future,” he added.

The programme was implemented through the liaison offices organisation, which was set up to connect Cyprus-based universities with the labour market.

A total of eight Cypriot universities participated in the programme, which is also supported by the European Social Fund, which has allocated a total budget of €7.1 million to the liaison offices initiative.

“Kyndryl works closely with the liaison offices, who promote cooperation between academic institutions and businesses,” the company said.

“The ultimate goal is for students to improve their skills, gain additional knowledge and experience, and get to know the modern work environment by developing essential capabilities that will help them in their future careers,” it added.

Georgia Andreou, one of the student interns who participated in the programme, said that she had the opportunity to gain work experience related to her subject of study and to meet people who advised her on what would be best for her professional career.

“I had the opportunity to collaborate on one of the projects undertaken by Kyndryl and see how it develops in real conditions,” Andreou said.

The company noted that for some students, the experience was formative, setting a strong foundation for a future career in the technology sector.

“In addition to offering real-world experience in a leading international organisation, the programme also provided participants the chance to work in a people-centred, team-driven environment,” Kyndryl concluded.

Source: Cyprus Mail

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