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SENA and Oracle Academy sign an alliance to train the IT professionals Colombia needs

Richard Delgado Cascante
Regional Director - Latin America

With the aim of continuing to educate students and train them in digital skills, SENA signed a zero-cost alliance with Oracle on August 31, 2020, in Bogotá. Through this agreement, instructors and learners will be able to access the Oracle Academy educational platform, known for its variety and quality of tools that link technology with education.

This alliance will benefit about 400 instructors and more than 40,000 students from 95 training centers in 31 regional areas on topics related to programming, web development and software development, with the aim of contributing to reducing the deficit of 62,000 professionals needed in information technology fields, as reported by MinTIC and the Colombian Federation of Software (FedeSoft).

“We are committed to innovation, and we firmly believe that SENA is the entity that can lead Colombia to become a hub for innovation and technology development. When a country creates its own innovation, it promotes equality in its society, its economy grows, and it can speak of prosperity, but above all, it generates equity. We are very proud to be SENA's allies with Oracle Academy, and we want to contribute to the mission of training more developers precisely so that they bring all the innovation possible to organizations,” said Fabiano Matos, president of Oracle for Colombia and Ecuador.

Since 2008, SENA and Oracle have worked together to benefit human talent development in the country. This recently signed agreement will impact programs in software programming, programming for data analytics, technologies in data analysis, and development of information systems. Learners in those fields will learn programming so they can develop projects and test them in the Oracle Cloud until viable products are achieved.

“These alliances democratize access to first-rate knowledge and strengthen the competitiveness of our apprentices, allowing them to complement their training processes with skills that facilitate their insertion in the labor market, which is demanding qualified human talent that is at the forefront. Through the Oracle Academy platform, learners will learn to develop in Java, the number one programming language in the world, and other tools that are required for the creation of web applications,” stated Carlos Mario Estrada Molina, general director of SENA.

According to a report from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), by the year 2025, the software industry will employ more than 1.2 million programmers in Latin America. Through this type of alliance, SENA, with the support of leading companies in the sector such as Oracle, will provide the best tools to train the required human talent and generate infinite opportunities.

Finally, to make the agreement official, a virtual historical signature was carried out between the general director of SENA and the general manager of Oracle. Onscreen, two avatars sealed this commitment to the youth, innovation, and education of the country.

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