Microsoft declares tech coaching partnership with Brazilian authorities | ZDNet

The Brazilian authorities has introduced a partnership with Microsoft to coach thousands and thousands of residents in know-how topics over the subsequent three years.

Under the Mais Brasil (More Brazil) program, a distant training platform developed in partnership with the Ministry of Economy affords 20 programs by means of the Microsoft Community Training device, with the capability to coach as much as 5.5 million job seekers by 2023.

The know-how programs supplied embody choices at completely different ranges, starting from digital literacy to extra superior modules protecting areas resembling cloud computing, synthetic intelligence (AI) and information science.

In addition, Microsoft additionally donated cloud credit to assist improve the National Employment System and enhance job prospects for as much as 25 million employees. The answer will use AI to attach folks and their expertise to related job alternatives, and in addition refer people to qualification programs.

At the launch of the initiative on Tuesday (20), Brazilian minister of science, know-how and innovation Marcos Pontes, stated that skilling the workforce is crucial for Brazil’s future: “The area of information technology and communications has a very large deficit of skilled professionals. One of our key areas of focus is to attract young people’s attention to technology careers,” the minister stated.

Microsoft was chosen for the partnership attributable to its willingness to contribute to skilling the inhabitants at not additional value for the federal government in line with Carlos Costa, head of the Special Secretariat for Productivity, Employment and Competitiveness on the Ministry of Economy.

“We have no [financial] resources at the moment. Some companies offered solutions that would be temporarily free and then paid for”, Costa famous. In July, Microsoft agreed to reduce prices for products supplied to the Brazilian government as a part of initiatives geared toward rationalizing public sector IT spend.

Costa added that the corporate was additionally keen to adapt its options to cater for sections of the populations that will not have fundamental training, for instance. “Brazil is very specific, the need for qualification starts at the very bottom”, he argued.

At the launch of the initiative, Microsoft Brazil’s president Tania Cosentino tales in regards to the digitization that has accelerated within the Covid-19 pandemic and the necessity to cut back the yearly hole of 30,000 know-how professionals within the nation.

“We have less qualified professionals [in technology] today and we need to help improve the country’s education. Attract young people to the STEM careers. Whoever doesn’t know how to deal with technology will be obsolete”, she stated, voicing issues round Brazil’s present standing within the newest Global Innovation Index (GII), revealed by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in September, which highlighted Brazil’s challenges in its capability to draw, prepare and retain expertise.

Brazil appears in the 62nd position in this year’s GII. The newest result’s an enchancment of 4 positions in relation to final yr’s report: in 2019, Brazil ranked 66th within the index. However, the nation remains to be removed from 47th place achieved in 2011.

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