Last week, the Management Board of the Estonian Association of Information Technology and Telecommunications (ITL) handed out the ICT sector annual awards. The study programme of Cleveron Academy was awarded the Achievement of the Year 2019 title. The Academy, which was created in cooperation between the Estonian Entrepreneurship University of Applied Sciences and AS Cleveron, offers an integrated teaching method for the first time in the field of IT education in Estonia, where students' skills are applied in practice in the Cleveron team along with academic studies.
According to Arno Kütt, CEO of Cleveron, there is a distinct shortage in Estonia of young people who have IT and technology education: “As a technology company, we decided to do our part in educating young people to become top specialists. We wish to lay a strong basis for future product developers who could help Estonian companies and the entire business sector to create added value with their innovative solutions.” The students are highly motivated – they are inspired because there is no framework set for them to solve the proposed challenges and they have to develop all the solutions themselves.
Mait Rungi, Rector of the Estonian Entrepreneurship University of Applied Sciences, confirmed that the Academy is a unique educational, business and regional undertaking: “Cleveron Academy applies the on-the-job education principle, where the students can immediately put their theoretical knowledge into practice as apprentices in Cleveron product development. In terms of business, this is the first time where a specific sectoral labour need is satisfied through a corporate university that is fully financed by private funds. The undergraduates will receive a Bachelor's degree and the entire teaching process takes place at Cleveron's development centre in Viljandi.”
According to Ivo Lasn, a member of the Management Board at ITL, Cleveron Academy is a superb example of cooperation between a company and a school that can be seen as a model for all other companies experiencing a shortage of employees with specific competences. He said, “There is no need to know and do everything yourself. You have to find a cooperation partner who has skills and experience in the area of education. We acknowledge Cleveron and Estonian Entrepreneurship University of Applied Sciences for their brave undertaking and we believe that this cooperation model inspires other companies to work with different vocational schools and universities”.
Photo: Arno Kütt, CEO of AS Cleveron, Mait Rungi, Rector of Estonian Entrepreneurship University of Applied Sciences, and Inna Švartsman, Head of Curriculum of Robotics Software Development, were present to receive the award.