IT outsourcing firm UST Global has unveiled a plan to provide STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education to more than 5,000 minority women in the United States over the next six years. The Los Angeles-based outsourcer stated that it will not only offer training but also job placement.
The company has drawn up a program called ‘Step IT Up America’ which it says will be up and running in about 10 US cities by the end of this year. The program is already underway in Atlanta and Philadelphia.
As part of its goal, UST Global has allied with a few colleges and civic leaders in Detroit, a one-time auto hub currently reeling from economic hardship.
“Step IT Up America addresses President Obama’s call to create high-quality jobs for women and minorities in Detroit,” stated the firm headquartered in Viejo, California.
The program involves providing complimentary IT training and job placement support for participants. The primary aim of the program, according to UST Global, is to motivate students to launch a career in Information Technology.
“Information Technology is a top job creator in the nation, but due to limited avenues of participation for women, they are highly underrepresented,” said Sajan Pillai, CEO of UST Global. “Women form 50% of the larger workforce, but occupy only 28% of technology jobs. Companies have completely overlooked this critical demographic. Our ambition is to create the right infrastructure and excitement for technology education and careers.”
The IT back-office service provider, which has recently expanded its operations to Costa Rica, has a partnership with former Mexican President Vincente Fox and his Guanajuato-based leadership training center Centro Fox. The organization also grooms future business and public sector leaders of Mexico and elsewhere in Latin America.