About the initiative
Programming is power
Millions of job openings are in demand today that call for the digital transformation of new generations. The Certified Tech Developer program aims to fill this gap by offering tech training courses to young people in Argentina, Brazil and Colombia. Uruguay has been incorporated in 2022. The initiative is conducted by an alliance of three international Argentine companies: Mercado Libre, Globant, and the edtech organization Digital House. In addition to being one of the program cofounders, Mercado Libre offers scholarships for low-income applicants, women and other historically excluded groups.
How it works
The training course is expected to be completed in 24 months (full-time students) or 30 months (part-time students), and is conducted through live online classes. It aims to foster the top skills that big tech companies are looking for today. Training allows students to get their first job and earn attractive salaries even during their first academic year, without the need for a university degree.
Implementing agile methodologies, the program accelerates learning focusing on practice during class time, and theory study at home. Topics addressed are classified as follows:
- Digital fundamentals, such as front-end, infrastructure, and databases.
- Core soft skills for the tech industry, such as teamwork and collaboration, time management, and assertive communication.
After completing 1,300 class time hours and 2,200 hours for the whole training process (including class time), students are granted a Tech Degree majored in front-end or back-end.
2,500 scholarships granted in 2021, covering 95% of the course overall cost.
1,000 scholarships awarded at 50% in 2021 in Argentina.
148,000 students registered for the program’s first two editions.