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Coherent Solutions’ Minsk Training Center helps employees keep up their skill sets

by Oleg Fridlyand
in on Sep 17, 2015

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Thank you, Alexey Volosevich, very much for all your help in creating this blog post.

Coherent Solutions’ development center is one of the top employers of IT talent in Minsk, Belarus. As Coherent continues to grow past 500 employees in Belarus, ISsoft (the development center’s name in Minsk) faces the same issues with attracting – and keeping – the best employees as you do in America.

One of the ways we do that is to offer opportunities for career growth, including training. Since 2010, over 360 individuals have graduated from one of our courses, which are gaining in popularity all the time. 225 people passed one of the courses in 2014 to mid-2015!

(Note: “Individual” represents one person who has completed a single course. There are many individuals at ISsoft who have graduated from more than one of our training courses.)

Today we offer over 20 courses in the following areas:

  • Mobile development
  • .NET framework
  • Java
  • Web front-end technologies
  • Databases
  • Quality assurance
  • Project management
  • Business analysis

Specific courses vary over time, depending on business needs. In fact, the Training Center collaborates with ISsoft’s Career Development Department to research and review trends in IT, including new technologies and processes. Many of our employees contribute to these regular “Meet-Ups” where ideas, products and technologies are discussed.

Basically, our training falls into the following two categories:

Applied training

This is highly individualized training in which students are assigned a personal coach from among our highly experienced team. Together the student and coach design a personal study program which includes many tasks that correspond to a specific internal company project. The coach supervises and judges the quality of tasks over several months. When the coach feels the student is ready, the student moves onto new projects where s/he can apply the new skills s/he has learned.

Group classes

These classroom-style courses for up to 15 participants include lectures, practical tasks, and testing. These often explore the theory behind technologies or business practices, and then apply that learning to real world software development. These course offerings often come out of our internal “Meet-ups” where new technologies and trends are discussed.

The ISsoft Training Center includes a fully equipped lab with an IT-literature library, online educational resources, presentations, and many examples of code. As a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner, we are also able to offer our employees Microsoft Certified Professional designations through the tutorials and exams provided by Microsoft.

Besides training our own people, we welcome recent university graduates interested in working for Coherent Solutions/ISsoft. We have partnerships with all the leading Belarusian universities that can lead new grads to internships at ISsoft.

 

Oleg Fridlyand

Oleg Fridlyand

Head of ISsoft Training Center

Oleg has worked in the information technology industry for more than 20 years, with experience in all phases of software development (from planning to release).He began his career as a software developer for road and transportation organizations in 1991. After five years of work in this field, his next employer became BelAgroPromBank, where he served as the Head of IT department in 1996-2000. For the next four years, in 2000-2004, he was the Head of Methodology and Tools of Procedures Management Department in the Interbank Processing Center. During the years 2004-2008 Oleg worked at INTELPART, where he actively participated in the development of more than ten business and research software systems, including decision making support software, applications for the semantic analysis of documents, card-index of management decisions on conflict resolution between coworkers, etc. He became part of Coherent Solutions/ISsoft team in 2008. Since 2010 he is the Head of ISsoft Training Center.

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