Mexico’s National University UNAM has teamed up with US cloud services giant Amazon Web Services (AWS) to groom its engineering students as IT professionals.
Under the agreement, AWS may also offer digital infrastructure for the Mexican students to conduct research and launch business ventures in the technology industry.
For example, Amazon will give them access to a database, enabling them to work on cutting-edge technology projects, including artificial intelligence and machine learning.
Mexico generates more than 100,000 engineering graduates every year, but barely a few join the IT workforce, largely due to a lack of job training.
A training program of this kind will go a long way in bridging the IT skill gap in the country, say analysts.
“Digital training today is necessary for all professions and even for technicians. Everyone must have a minimum knowledge of the digital economy,” said Guillermo Almada, AWS Director of the public sector in Mexico.
The executive added that the training program will pave a way for the graduates to join the labor market.
As part of the agreement, AWS will also make available cloud solutions for the country’s young entrepreneurs to accelerate their digital journey.