In Latin America, the tech sector faces a constant problem: the lack of professionals that boost technological adoption. An initiative led by Forpe Chile Foundation and the Chilean startup Rocketbot is aiming to change this arduous landscape, according to Chilean media.
The Sence-certified initiative offers courses through an e-learning modality and close to 500 hours, specifically targeting unemployed people or without work experience. Applications will be made during July and classes will begin in August.
Free courses to solve a deficit of specialized workers
Just as the pandemic accelerated the digitization of companies and institutions in Chile, it also increased the deficit of workers specialized in computing, programming, and cybersecurity. But, among all those areas there is one where there is little qualified workforce and which all companies will have to make use of in the short term: robotic process automation (RPA).
Along these lines, the Forpe Chile Foundation and the Chilean RPA startup, Rocketbot, teamed up to generate four Sence training courses in robotic process automation (three in Santiago and one in Talca), which will seek to reinsert and reconvert 100 Chilean women and Chileans from the Metropolitan Region and the Maule.
Forpe Foundation and Rocketbot are teaming up
Iván Espinoza, national director of the Forpe Foundation, details that “this course excites us because it arises from a process of articulation with Rocketbot, which will allow us to respond to the new needs of companies and the job market. We see in robotic automation an ideal space to train new workers, or to reconvert those jobs that are losing space and thus improve the quality of life of workers, having the opportunity to access a job that is in greater demand every day ”.
The training courses focus on people in vulnerable socioeconomic conditions, unemployed, or in search of their first work experience. For this reason, the requirements to apply for Sence courses are to be unemployed or looking for a job for the first time, be over 18 years old, do not have a professional degree, and have a score of up to 60% in the Social Registry of Households.
100% e-learning courses of robotics
Each course will be 100% e-learning and will consist of around 500 hours of online training, combining asynchronous learning modality (videos and material available on the educational platform) and live classes, to reinforce content. “They are extensive courses because what we seek is to deliver a training process that leaves students ready to fully insert themselves into companies. Our primary objective is not only to deliver the content of the course but to culminate with the student transformed into a worker; I am inserted in a quality job, ”says Espinoza.
The design of the courses was carried out jointly by the academic area of Fundación Forpe, dedicated more than a decade ago to training in quality trades, and Rocketbot, a Chilean RPA company present in more than 15 countries, including Latin America, the United States. , Europe and Asia.
Rafael Fuentes, co-founder and commercial director of Rocketbot, mentioned for TrendTic that for his company, it has always been a goal to democratize access to RPA because knowledge of automation is one of the essential tools that will be needed in the jobs of the future, both at the technical professional level as in business. In a short time, knowing how to create and program bots to facilitate repetitive and routine tasks will be as important as using Word or Excel.
The private initiative can contribute to overcoming the lack of specialized workers. E-learning allows that more people receive basic training in skills required by the industry, integrating low-income families into productive activities.