Frequently Asked Questions
IT Academy Taplejung currently offers a FREE 16-week Online Training and Mentorship Program in Digital Marketing that aims to provide Nepali youth with the right technical and marketable skills to work as IT entrepreneurs online and tap into the potential of being part of the global job market.
In 2023, 3 courses will be offered at the new IT Academy in 1) Digital Marketing, 2) Graphic Design, and 3) Web Development. Each student will be trained in one of these specific fields of their choice by experienced Trainers from the sector. Assistance will be provided to them on a daily basis by the project facilitators while they will also receive Mentorship assistance during the course timeline on how to apply for their first online jobs and kick-start their freelance career. The whole training and mentorship program will be delivered primarily in English.
The initiative is powered by Human Practice Foundation and implemented by Learnio.
IT Academy Taplejung is aimed for young Nepali youth age 18 to 35 years old, who are currently living in Taplejung and not under stable full-time employment.
The successful applicants to be selected for the training will need to have good knowledge of the English language, a laptop or desktop computer at their disposal with reliable internet connection, all of which are very important for the successful delivery of the training.
Only applicants that meet the above conditions and who are eager to use this opportunity to invest in their future careers will be selected to be part of the training program!
- Higher flexibility and independence – You can work from anywhere you want and on your own time schedule! You only need reliable access to a computer with internet connection.
- Freedom of clients and workload – You have the opportunity to choose the clients and projects you want to work with as well as control your workload.
- Higher income opportunities – While the average monthly salary in Taplejung is around 45,000 NPR, a Graphic Designer, Digital Marketer and Web Developer with moderate skills make around 150,000 NPR per month in Nepal.
- Access to Global Market – You can deliver your services not only locally or nationally but globally, which will enable you to build an international career and pay grade from the comfort of your own home!
- Higher Exposure – Online freelance work offers the opportunity to work on a high variety of projects and topics, making your job less redundant and boring, which might not always be the case when working at an ‘office job’. This also provides you with more expertise in the long run in various industries and career areas which can provide you higher exposure towards future employers.
- Can always be your plan B – If you decide that your main interest is working full time in an office environment, online freelance work will still be there as an option for you to acquire additional earnings whenever you feel the need or have the time. If you build a good initial portfolio of work, it will always be a good back up plan in your life!
The application for this training program will be implemented in a 2-step screening process.
Step 1. You are initially invited to Apply to the training program through the following this link
This initial application will provide a preliminary screening of interested applicants in order to verify compliance with the general project criteria explained above in Q2
Step 2. Interested applicants that will successfully pass the preliminary screening process will be invited to sign up to the Coderstrust online platform for a “one-week trial period” consisting of small lectures and mini-assignments within the selected technical tracks, freelancing and soft skills modules. Potential students will be able to receive online support and guidance from the mentors during the trial period as well as will have the opportunity to get more acquainted with the program’s expectations, organization, as well as specifications for each technical track.
At the end of the trial period interested applicants will be able to complete a trial assignment which will serve as the basis for the final screening of the successful candidates that will become part of the training and mentorship program.
Only those applicants that complete the 2-step process with the successful finalization of the trial assignment will be invited to be part of this training program.
The two first courses in Graphic Design and Digital Marketing will run twice for students in 2022 as a 16-week course.
1st group: July
2nd group: November
Starting dates for the training of additional groups of students will be published at least one month in advance.
Starting in 2023, each one of the 3 different courses will have 4 starting dates of the training program (4 different groups) that will last for 12 weeks in total.
Interested applicants are recommended to start applying right away and not leave their applications for the last training dates where most of the applications are foreseen to be received, making competition stronger and securing a place in the program more difficult!
The training will be delivered entirely online in the Coderstrust Academy Platform through a blended learning model, which combines self-paced training with online support through technical mentors, including seminars, workshops and networking sessions. Each course will include around 80 hours of self-paced learning and 40 hours of online group classroom training. The language of the training delivery will be a mix of English and Nepali language.
The learning curriculum is divided into modules, which are dedicated to different parts of the learning path. Within each Module, there are several lessons, each consisting of content, videos or coding challenges, and assignments. Each module is completed by submitting an assessment task based on the curriculum learnings to evaluate the knowledge obtained. Full information on the modules for each course can be found in this link http://it-academy.io/apply-now/
The earning part of the program will focus on employability from the very first week through online lectures, workshops and individual support and kick start their presence in the online freelance marketplaces. Students will be encouraged to begin searching for their first jobs after completing the first month of training while being assisted by Mentors and Career Advisors in the completion of their first job assignments, validating the quality of their work, and supporting them in the search and bidding process.
At the end of the training a final examination of program participants will be conducted. Those trainees demonstrating regular participation as well as proficiency in the core marketable skills during the final examination will be awarded a training certification by the training provider. The successfully certified students and their profiles will also be displayed in a dedicated graduate profile at the official website of IT Academy.
The courses in 2022 will be delivered as face-to-face training for 2-3 hours per day for a period of 4 months at Bhanujan Secondary School's IT Hub.
Training for the first 2 groups of students in Graphic Design and Digital Marketing will be provided for free, including student fees and accommodation.
For the training starting after February 2023, students will need to pay student fees which will be decided before the course start.
The language of the training delivery will be mostly in English with a little bit of Nepali. The main aim is to equip students with the right skills for them to be able to work and communicate in the English language in the freelance global market.
Yes. However, it depends on the number of applicants, courses offered, performance of the candidates in the training, eagerness to learn, etc. A participant can only participate in one of the free courses, any additional courses taken will be subject to student fees.
We recommend you to choose the course you are most interested in! Thank you!
Having access to their own laptop or desktop computer is a clear added value for the students. For the training, IT Academy has arranged desktop computers for all participants at the Bhanujan Secondary School's IT Hub where the training will take place.
The training involves working with several sophisticated programs to conduct training exercises where the student assignments cannot be completed on smartphones and tablets. Moreover, the training program aims to equip participants with the skills and tools to work on the online freelance market, where customers demand creativity and productivity and where work will be only performed via computers.
During the 16 weeks (4 months) duration of the Graphic Design course training, the students will need to be engaged for 2-3 hours per day at the Bhanujan Secondary School's IT Hub.
During the second phase of the application process, applicants will have the opportunity to indicate their preference regarding the training hours. This will help divide them in the respective groups based on the indicated time preference.
We encourage all students who fit into the main project criteria explained in Q2 and want to explore digital freelance work to be part of the training program! Previous knowledge on the related tracks is not required. It is never too late to learn new skills and change your career. As long as you have the desire and will to follow through, you can get what you want!
Unfortunately, you can only go back and forth to the self-paced sessions. The live training session will only be held once per topic, so that is why we recommend full attendance to everyone in order to not miss the chance for engaging in all topics and get certified at the end of the training. Mentors will keep track of each student’s attendance.
Unfortunately, the course will not be provided on weekends but mentor led classes will be provided during the week days and are mandatory to participate in! The training program is reserved only to students of 18-35 years old who are not engaged in full time employment therefore they should have the required free time and be able to follow the training properly.
At the end of the training a final examination of program participants will be conducted. Those trainees demonstrating regular participation as well as proficiency in the required skills during the final examination will be awarded a course completion certificate by the training provider.
Currently, we only offer the course in Digital Marketing as part of our first phase of the IT Academy project.
Starting in 2023, you can freely choose from 3 different courses in IT skills.
We understand that your situation can change but we do wish to underline that we select the most qualified and motivated candidates. If a candidate drops out, we cannot offer the scholarship to another woman due to the tight program. We therefore kindly urge that IF you get selected that you take it as a UNIQUE opportunity and complete the program and get certified.
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