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Wanted: Mexican talent for technology companies

What do Huawei, Cisco, Google, IBM and Intel have in common? That none finds talent among Mexican graduates.

Faced with this problem, technology companies have been forced to train, by themselves, the talent that is needed.

The results of admission to a bachelor’s degree at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) were recently published and, according to its gazette, none of the 10 most demanded careers are science, technology, engineering and mathematics, known as STEM careers, for its acronym in English.

These figures are relevant because, according to the Mexican Institute for Competitiveness (Imco), STEM careers are increasingly valuable for technological ones. Graduates of these degrees are better paid than in other areas, since they earn an average of 13,336 pesos per month, compared to 12,380 pesos for the rest of the areas.

On the other hand, the income gap between men and women is smaller. For every 100 pesos that they earn in STEM, they earn 82. This is, for women, a difference of four pesos that is earned in other careers.

The lack of talent in these careers led technology companies to promote the education and preparation of Mexicans in these areas. Here are some of their proposals:

Seeds for the Future is Huawei’s global flagship Corporate Social Responsibility program.

This month, together with the Secretariat of Infrastructure, Communications and Transportation (SICT), they launched the call to participate in the eighth edition of the “Seeds for the Future” competition, with the purpose of identifying and promoting young Mexican talent in Technologies. of Information and Communications.

It is aimed at university students and seeks to encourage local talent through the support and implementation of ideas and projects for innovative technological solutions with social impact.

The competition will open applications for registration from June 27 to September 18, 2022.

These are certifications that Cisco gives with more than 498 associated organizations, with the purpose of innovating in the education of STEM careers. They also have collaborations with the Mexican government, the Ministry of Economy and the Ministry of Labor and Social Welfare (youth building the future).

This program has received 202.89 million dollars and has 131,197 students, of which 97% had a job opportunity after completing a course.

These certificates respond to high-demand, high-paying jobs in Mexico and can be found on Coursera. They are flexible online training programs designed to acquire professional skills that are in high demand.

In addition, Google offers scholarships and collaborates with INROADS de México, AC to benefit committed students and promote equal job opportunities, with a special emphasis on women in southeastern Mexico.

Among some of the certifications available are: Information Technology Support, project management, data analysis and user experience design.

Guadalajara Design Center of Intel: Collaboration agreement with the Ministry of Economy.

On April 20, Intel Mexico and the Ministry of Economy announced the signing of a collaboration agreement for the transfer of innovation resources and the long-term training of highly specialized Mexican talent in technology.

The objective is to promote Mexico’s leadership as a pole of innovation in the region, and strengthen its role in the complex supply chain of semiconductors in the world, today present through the Intel Design Center in Guadalajara.

Both institutions work collaboratively to develop the talent required in the institutions defined by the Ministry of Economy, increase the competitiveness of Mexican companies through the transfer of knowledge and best practices applicable to semiconductors, and promote Intel’s global programs such as AI for Youth.

IBM programs range from technical education for teens in traditional public schools and colleges and extend to paid internships and internships on-site at IBM.

The company’s skills and education programs also pair IBM Mentorships with students and provide free, customizable online study plans for aspiring professionals.

For this, they have more than 170 alliances with global universities and NGOs.

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