IBM has expanded its P-Tech apprenticeship program to Mexico, committing to training 400 university students in new technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), cloud, and quantum computing.
Under the program, the US tech giant will equip technology institutes with tools and curriculum to establish P-tech schools, according to local media reports.
The curriculum is designed to train students in skills the technology industry is badly in need of, says IBM, adding that its initiative would persuade other technology companies to help Mexico boost its tech talent pool.
The first phase of the program has begun and two educational institutes in Guadalajara – Polytechnic schools of Guadalajara and the Polytechnic Engineer Matute Remus – have enrolled their students, the reports added.
In an interview with elpulsolaboral.com, IBM’s CSR manager said: “The objective of the program is to align the teaching with the real requirements of the industry.”
The manager said IBM is trying to update the country’s tech curriculum to ensure that what is taught in schools is consistent with what the market is demanding.
The curriculum is consisted of “new algorithms, and new mathematical models,” he added.
Each student participating in the program will have a mentor, who will closely monitor the student’s learning.
IBM wants to train 400 Mexican students over the next five years. In the United States, IBM has been running the program since 2011, but only 185 students have graduated from these schools so far.
“There are currently 30 P-TECH graduates working full-time at IBM in New York, Georgia, North Carolina, and Virginia,” the company claimed in its website.