Bulgaria Technical Center Welcomes Graduates from Second Engineering Academy
The inhouse engineering academy at Visteon’s technical center in Sofia, Bulgaria – launched in 2015 – was a firstofitskind initiative to build a bridge between academia and business, helping new graduates transition to professional careers. In the academy’s second year in 2016, 12 candidates graduated from the academically certified course and were rewarded with exciting career opportunities at Visteon’s largest and fastest-growing software center.
With its fastgrowing IT and software sectors, the professional landscape in Bulgaria has changed significantly over the past 10 years. The country is fast becoming known as the “Silicon Valley” of Eastern Europe and its capital, Sofia, is at the center of this unprecedented growth, providing a base for worldleading technology brands as well as new startups.
As a catalyst for Bulgaria’s technology revolution, universities and technical institutions are churning out highcaliber talent to support the impressive array of technology brands operating in the country. As one of these brands – as well as one of Bulgaria’s largest development centers – Visteon is at the forefront of forging strong links between business and education, with the objective of nurturing a highly skilled workforce and being an employer of choice for Bulgaria’s best technical talent.
Following the success of Visteon's first academy, a second group of students took part in the program from May to August 2016. Competition for spaces at the second academy was high; from among 150 applicants, only 18 were selected. Divided into two mentored groups covering software and mechanical disciplines, the students received instruction from more than 10 Visteon tutors.
Student goals for the academy involved learning the basics of designing, building and testing actual automotive products, while gaining familiarity with testing standards based on International Software Testing Qualification Board (ISTQB) guidelines. Upon completing the program, students gain practical experience and a greater overall understanding of their chosen field – be it software or electronics engineering – and knowledge of real-time operating and computing systems.
Offering a wide range of learning facilities, the academy is run as inclass training, using real project environment examples and practical exercises. Visteon tutors also provide eight hours of onsite lectures per week.
At the culmination of the second program, 12 enthusiastic young professionals successfully graduated from the academy and were rewarded with an offer to join the Visteon team in Sofia – 10 in the software department as salaried employees or trainees and two on the mechanical team as trainees.
Engineering academy team members pose with their certificates of completion at an allemployee meeting in Sofia