iFood will impact more than 10 million people with education, training opportunities and commits to training 25,000 technology professionals

  • Selection for training initiatives will be made in vulnerable communities on Brazilian outskirts
  • Training courses in technology and entrepreneurship will be offered, which should impact five million people, including delivery drivers and family members and professionals from more than 200,000 restaurants registered on the iFood platform

  • The company will form partnerships to offer technology resources for public schools, contributing to school reinforcement, improvements in remote teaching and teacher training

São Paulo, February 2021 — iFood, the leading foodtech in Latin America, today announced its commitment to impact more than 10 million people with education, training and training opportunities. Over the next five years, the company's initiatives should impact 5 million students and teachers in the public education network and another 5 million who will have the opportunity to train for the job market, in addition to offering technology training opportunities with a focus on employability for another 25 thousand people from the periphery. The objective is to insert thousands of people into the job market generated by the new digital economy and contribute to the large deficit of almost 300 thousand professionals expected in the technology area in Brazil, according to research carried out by Brasscom in 2020.

“We have a big dream and a genuine desire to promote change. For the future to be more prosperous and inclusive, we need to go through Education. We believe in its transformative power and that the same innovation and technology that guide our business will also be the drivers to generate impacts on a large scale, offering opportunities mainly for minority groups”, says Gustavo Vitti, vice president of People and Sustainable Solutions at iFood .

The company intends to democratize access to education by promoting technology and entrepreneurship, prioritizing partners in its ecosystem — delivery drivers and their families and people who work in more than 200,000 restaurants registered on the platform —, as well as young people from the outskirts of the entire country. country.

The company allocated more than R$2 million in pilot actions that cover three educational fronts: training technology professionals, training for entrepreneurship and work of the future and encouraging digital teaching through technology for public education. Over the next five years, new investments will be made to further expand the impact and fulfill the commitment. “At iFood, we make mistakes, learn and correct quickly to arrive at the best solution with innovation and technology. This is how we will bring cutting-edge technology to education, training and training. iFood has become a great laboratory for disruptive solutions for education and we have already run several pilot projects and started to scale up those that had the most impact. We know that there is a lot to be done, but we are excited about the initial results to continue doing more and better”, comments the executive.

To date, the iFood program has partnered with six third sector entities and education companies, which will support the development of skills highly demanded by the current job market and fundamental to the development of the digital economy, such as artificial intelligence and programming in Python, Java, JS, React, Kotlin, Android and iOS. The selection of candidates focusing on low-income people is based on criteria defined with the Institutions, as in the case of the partnership with the PROA institute.

In the technology training pillar, the company's partners in the project include Resilia, a program that aims to offer low-income people the opportunity to train in the area of technology for Data Science with the possibility of hiring via iFood. Reprograma is another partner with an initiative that offers programming courses for cis and trans women and wants to train 400 professionals in two years.

In terms of training, the partnership with Instituto PROA seeks to offer access to the first job for young people in high school in the public education network aged between 17 and 22. In 2021, the goal is to train 7 thousand young people and, by 2023, reach the mark of 400 thousand young people with completed training. Other projects that encourage entrepreneurship in the food sector and learning opportunities for delivery drivers registered on the iFood platform are under development.

The company also intends to increase the quality of teaching in public schools through technology. To make this initiative possible, iFood teamed up with Fundação 1 Bi, from the Movile Group, which developed a free learning tool via WhatsApp, Aprendizap. Students and teachers have access to content developed by experts and, with the partnership, the idea is to develop new knowledge trails.

“The commitment made today by iFood is also the expression of our vision of a more prosperous and equal Brazil, becoming a reference in technology, promoting digital inclusion and placing our country among the elite in global education,” says Vitti.

For more information about the commitments made by iFood, visit: https://news.ifood.com.br/solucoes-sustentaveis/

About iFood

iFood, the leader in online food delivery in Latin America, has 48 million monthly orders. Having been on the market for nine years, the Brazilian company is also present in Colombia. It works together with partners with initiatives that bring together business intelligence and management solutions for the approximately 236 thousand restaurants registered in more than a thousand cities throughout Brazil. iFood has important investors, such as Movile – a global leader in mobile marketplaces – and Just Eat – one of the largest online ordering companies in the world.

Press information: ifood@novapr.com.br

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