Teens and young adults in Iran have been struggling to find the right technology skills to keep up with the demands of the modern economy.
As a result, Iran is lagging behind its European and American counterparts when it comes to tech-related job opportunities.
Tehran Technical School (TTS) and Technical Education Schools (TEKS) are two of the most popular and prestigious tech training institutions in the country.
TTS is a private school, and TEKS is a public school.
But the two are not the only ones to offer specialized training in the tech industry.
Other universities, government agencies and startups are also doing similar work.
Teachers at TTS and TEAMS are required to go through rigorous and in-depth courses on everything from computer programming to virtual reality.
The programs are also designed to provide students with the skills needed to succeed in the job market, according to a statement from the school’s website.
Teacher and student TMS Ali said his school had more than 1,000 students during the first three months of the year, which was the busiest in his school’s history.
In fact, the number of students attending the school has more than doubled since the start of the academic year, he said.
Teaching students in Iran has become a hot topic in recent months.
Earlier this month, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani launched an education reform initiative, and on June 14, the government announced it was opening up a network of more than 400 tech schools in the capital.
In the past few months, TTS, which is run by the government, has been criticized for failing to keep pace with the pace of technology growth.
A recent report from the United Nations Development Program said that the number and quality of jobs in the sector have plummeted since Rouhani took office.
The program also found that the country is behind its Western counterparts in job creation, even as the economy has grown in recent years.TEKS, on the other hand, says it has seen a dramatic rise in student enrollment since Rouhani’s election.
The school said it enrolled over 1,100 students last year, up from just over 500 last year.
In the first half of the current academic year the number is projected to reach nearly 2,000, according the statement.
Television station Iran Central Television (ICT) reported that TTS had received over $1.4 billion in state subsidies since Rouhani was elected in May.
The amount was spread across a variety of sectors including health care, infrastructure and agriculture.
Teens who want to work in the Iranian tech sector can apply to become a technical education teacher.
But, to get in, applicants must first have their educational credentials reviewed.
They are also required to have a bachelor’s degree and at least a high school diploma.
Students who are accepted for the job are given a salary of about $80,000 a year, according TOI.
Teresa Sorensen is a senior researcher at the Institute for Research on Education (IRNE) in Tehran.
She said that while TTS has long been a leader in technical education, it has struggled to catch up to its European counterparts.
In a recent interview with The Verge, she pointed out that TBS is the largest in Iran, and that TEKS has only been in existence since 2009.
“It is a pity that there are so few of these [technological] universities in Iran,” Sorenesen said.
“Teams that do exist are not being given a lot of resources.”