Indian IT giant Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) has expanded its digital education program goIT to Brazil, signing an agreement with the state of Sao Paulo to train more than 92,000 youths in computing technologies.
Local educational institutes, including Augusto Ribeiro de Carvalho College and Nossa Senhora do Ó, will serve as training centers. Internet of things (IoT) and technology trends are among the initial chosen subjects.
The goIT training program is designed to prepare children for the job market, or at least instill an interest in pursuing STEM degrees. To begin with, TCS will train 4,000 teachers, who in turn will train the students.
Under the goIT program, middle and high school students get hands-on technology education, working in teams to tackle programming languages and design challenges. They may also be told to collaborate to identify a problem, generate possible solutions, design prototypes, develop and test their mobile apps, and present their work to peers and judges.
“We believe that through education it is possible to transform lives. And this is what we are seeking with this initiative,” said Tushar Parikh, Country Head of TCS Brazil, adding that the program would enable Brazil to increase its tech talent pool.
Easy availability of skilled technology professionals in Latin America is vital to the success of TCS as well. The Latin American unit of the Indian firm posted US$369 million in revenue for 1Q17, an increase of more than 14% in the same quarter last year.
In the region, Brazil and Mexico are the biggest markets for TCS. The company runs an expansive software development center in Tambore, an upscale neighborhood in greater Sao Paulo.