More than 50,000 people will be trained this year in programming
In August of last year, the country gave the green light to an initiative that seeks to address the national deficit in human talent with skills in computer science, a panorama that, according to the ‘Talent Gap’ report by McKinsey & Company, will have a total shortage of 112,000 programmers by 2025 required by the labor sector in Colombia.
To this is added a study presented by the Ministry of Labor, in September 2020, in which the labor sectors that have a greater human capital gap are revealed. Among these are professions related to the field of technology such as cloud hosting, virtual and augmented reality, cybersecurity, web application development, blockchain and big data.
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With this reality ahead, the Ministry of ICT launched the ICT Mission 2022 plan, which aims to train 100,000 programmers in the country in less than two years, including people with similar careers or with very little knowledge in this area.
“The structuring of the project had the participation of academics and several companies in the sector that helped us to identify which were the main professional shortcomings and record time was achieved a formulation of the curriculum and the type of methodologies to be used”Said Karen Abudinen, ICT Minister.
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For this, precisely, topics of education were established as training areas for students. data analysis, process analysis, web development, business intelligence and information security. As well as soft skills to participate in selection processes within companies.
A high reception
The structuring of the project had the participation of academics and several companies in the sector that helped us to identify which were the main professional shortcomings
Since the launch of the initiative, which has a total investment of 192,857’697,342 pesos, 156,456 people enrolled to be one of the beneficiaries, of which 54,250 have already been admitted to participate in the training process.
For this, two learning routes were established, the first aimed at young people in the 10th and 11th grades of public schools, who receive 320 hours of training, and the second for Colombian high school graduates over 15 years of age, in a process 800 hours.
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The largest number of selected are in the range of 20 and 39 years of age, with 58.1 percent of those admitted; It is followed by people between the ages of 15 and 19, with 26.09%, and over 39, whose participation is 12.87 percent.
With cut to last December, a total of 2,657 students, who were part of the first phase, which was operated by the National University, the University of the North, the Technological University of Pereira and the University of Pamplona, have already completed their training. Of these, according to data from the Mintic, more than half have already been linked to companies such as Habi, Seguros Bolívar, Salud Total, Wom, among others.
This year, Colombia started the second phase of the program, which contemplates the formation of 54,250 people, of which 10,000 registered correspond to route 1 of the program and 44,250, to route 2.
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For this stage the number of universities linked to the process was increased to ten of training, among which are the Autonomous University of Bucaramanga, the University of Antioquia, the University of Caldas, the North University, the El Bosque University, the Industrial University of Santander, the National University, the Pontifical Bolivarian University, the Sergio Arboleda University and the Technological University of Pereira. .
The investment for this 2021 program is 85,000 million pesos.
“One of the objectives we have with Misión TIC is that by the end of the year we will be able to connect the largest number of beneficiaries with the labor market. Even many of the companies that have accompanied us in the process have already begun to hire several of those registered ”, highlighted Minister Abudinen.
The last phase will take place in 2022, when it is expected to train 47,500 more people in the country in programming. To achieve this goal, there will be an investment of 100,000 million pesos.
‘With the program I managed to obtain a solid foundation in the area’
51 percent of the 2,657 students who have already graduated from the Misión TIC program are currently employed.
Andrés Felipe Chala, 28, is one of them. He finished the training cycles on December 23, with the National University.
His taste for computing began several years ago, so he decided to study Electronic Engineering at El Bosque University, where he graduated last year.
“I am a person who does not give up, I like challenges and that is why I like programming so much, with the program I managed to obtain a solid foundation in the area and as new projects emerged I have acquired many skills as a professional” Chala pointed out.
At the moment, is linked to Seguros Bolívar, where it is part of the Tech Camp project.
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Juan José Toro, 27, on the other hand, is one of the beneficiaries of the plan in Medellín.
With this, he complemented the studies in Mechanical Engineering that he carried out at the National University and the classes of the master’s degree in Research in Materials and Process Engineering that he is studying at the same educational center.
“Currently, I am working at Protección SA as a data analyst within the labor history standardization team. My functions are oriented in the design and development of technological solutions to the customer service experience from the analysis of the data generated by the process ”, indicated Toro.
Likewise, Santiago Suárez, 24, was one of the graduates in 2020 and trained at the Universidad del Norte. Although he already has a career as an economist at the Universidad del Rosario, he always felt an affinity for computer science, which is why he decided to participate in the call.
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“When I was presented with the opportunity to be part of Mission TIC 2022, I did not hesitate for a second. Through this project I fell more in love with programming and realized what he was able to do, not only with talent, but with excellence and discipline”, Suárez specified.
In the cycles developed in the program, he participated in one of the software development challenges presented by the technology company 2NV, who, finally, chose Suárez to occupy the position of junior software developer within the company.
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