INDUSTRY-SPECIFIC EDUCATION DEVELOPMENT
Since 2015, the company has been implementing “lifecell universities” project The operator opens educational telecom laboratories in technical universities of the country. In such laboratories students of telecom specialties study the work of a mobile operator using their own university mobile network and equipment. As a result, Ukrainian mobile communications market receives qualified specialists.
The operator has already opened three educational telecom laboratories: in Kharkiv National University of Radio Electronics, Lviv Polytechnic National University and at the National Technical University of Ukraine “Igor Sikorsky Kyiv Polytechnic Institute”.
Upgrade yourself with lifecell
The technologies of the modern telecommunication market are developing faster than the lecture program of Ukrainian universities. Hence the level of students’ knowledge often does not meet the requirements of the business.
Since 2015, lifecell has been implementing the social and educational project Upgrade yourself with lifecell to overcome this problem. This is a training program conducted by lifecell employees for teachers of Ukrainian universities. The program helps teachers update their knowledge and lecture material.
Upgrade yourself with lifecell includes lectures 1) on highly specialized technical topics (review of the transport network. DWDM; overview of the switching network; billing systems for a mobile operator, etc.) and 2) lectures on the development of soft skills (finance for non-financiers, mobile financial services; creative thinking, public speaking, etc.). The subjects of trainings are changed annually according to the teachers’ needs and universities’ curriculum.
130 teachers from 12 technical universities of the country have already attended lifecell trainings. Annually 10 lifecell specialists conduct lectures for teachers and help adapt curricula pro bono.
Jump into life
“Jump into life” is a student internship program that lifecell has been implementing since 2009.
The aim of the project is to provide students with practical experience, to teach them how to perform work tasks and to help develop professional competencies. Program participants become a part of the large multinational company and work together with the market experts. The project raises the prestige of technical specialties and helps overcome the problem of lack of work experience among university graduates.
For 11 years, 400 students have completed the company’s internship program. Out of them every third student received a job offer from lifecell and became a part of the operator’s team.
This is an internship program for young people who want to gain practical work experience in a large international company and try their hand at the telecom industry. lifecell internship is paid and lasts up to 6 months, 20 hours a week. In case the company has open vacancies for interns, anyone can apply for participation, including students who completed Jump into life program. lifecell Interns was launched in 2019. Since then, more than 20 young professionals have completed internships in various divisions of the company.