Why invest in training young people in technology?

iFood wants to encourage profiles of underrepresented professionals in the technology market, such as black people and women. This is how iFood Decola was born! Know more!

Over the next five years, 150 million jobs in the technology sector
information (IT) will be open worldwide, reveals
a study carried out by LinkedIn

in 15 countries, including Brazil.

Here, IT positions are in second place among the 15 job categories
employment considered “on the rise” in 2021. Good news, for example, for
software engineers, backend and frontend developers,
game developers and cybersecurity analysts.

Among the reasons that explain the growing demand is the fact that they
belong to the select group of professions that, according to the survey,
“responded directly to the transformation in consumer behavior and
business needs.” Not by chance, by 2024, Brazilian companies
will need to hire 70 thousand IT professionals per year.

The question is: around 40 thousand students graduate in this area annually, points out the
Brazilian Association of Information and Communication Technology Companies
(Brasscom). At this rate, we will have a “blackout”, since the deficit of
IT professionals in the country could reach 300 thousand in three years.

Training and employment opportunities

The good news is that the blackout doesn't have to become a reality. On the contrary.
The high demand points to good opportunities for those interested in
technology. Anyone who specializes in the area will swim against the current of the downturn
job prospect.

O iFood, food tech leader in the sector in Latin America, wants to give that incentive
so that underrepresented profiles in this market (blacks, women, people of
peripheries) and partners who work on the platform and their dependents
qualify for the digital revolution and win vacancies in technology.

“Education transforms lives and makes people dream big. With our
projects, we want to make our contribution from now on, not only to avoid
'blackout' in technology but also to create growth opportunities for
these young people in the new digital economy, especially for our partners
who live in the least favored regions of the country”, states Renata Citron, head
iFood Education Department.

To get there, iFood set goals and publicly announced its commitments
in February this year. Over the next five years, it will: train and employ 25 thousand
low-income people in technology, reducing the technological blackout in
Brazil; enable, through technology, 5 million people to
work of the future and entrepreneurship; and encourage science areas,
technology, mathematics and engineering in basic education, impacting 5 million
of public school students and teachers.

Throughout this year, the company will have more than 10 thousand students training in
supported programs. “We will carry out several pilots with several partners
specialized in the area in 2021, until finding a format that can be
scaled throughout Brazil and impact as many people as we can”, says

Discover some areas of technology in which iFood is already providing training
young people:

Cloud computing

Partnership with AWS (Amazon Web Service) to
train 3,000 AWS Cloud apprentices, explaining its basic concepts, main services and how to prepare
for certification.

Software development

With Cubos Academy, iFood
offers training to more than 100 software developers (frontend and
backend), with a focus on women and black people and priority for trans people or people with
deficiency. Already the
partnership with Reprograma will form,
in 2 years, 400 women (cis and trans) to act as developers
(frontend and backend).

Data Science

partnership with Resilia, the course trains low-income people, especially women and people
black, developing in data science — with the possibility of
hiring through iFood. Vamo AI prepares students to
pursue a career in Backend focused on Data. Of the graduated students, almost half
They are Ifood delivery partners.

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