Microsoft and The Trust for the Americas bet on building the workforce of the digital future in Queretaro State
With the support of Microsoft Philanthropies, the Trust for the Americas opened a new “POETA DigiSpark” classroom in the Technical University of Queretaro (UTEQ) with a main goal: help undeserved communities gain digital skills and empower them for better employment.
The POETA DigiSpark classroom at UTEQ will provide digital, technical, and life-skills training to help underserved communities bridge the digital divide. To do so, UTEQ and POETA DigiSpark are partnering with leading local organizations, like the Secretary of Labor through the National Employment Service in Querétaro (SNE), The Association 10,000 Women United for Mexico, The Indigenous Craft Development Center (CEDAI), and the National System for Integral Family Development (DIF).
“This partnership encourages continuing to look for training opportunities in favor of helping Queretaro’s citizens to acquire digital skill, which nowadays are necessary to disseminate the technological gap,” said José Carlos Arredondo, Dean of UTEQ.
POETA DigiSpark is a project of The Trust for the Americas, which seeks to empower people of ages 16 and over through technology to facilitate their access to economic opportunities such as: obtaining a job or a promotion, creating or strengthening entrepreneurship or obtaining an internship.
The strong partnerships between Microsoft and The Trust, began more than 20 years ago by implementing reskilling projects in the country. These projects have impacted thousands of individuals and helped them develop the digital skills necessary for the 21st Century.
“At Microsoft we are committed with the development and learning of digital skills of people in vulnerable situation, who haven´t had the opportunity to learn digital skills incorporate them into the digital economy.”—Lupina Loperena, Mexico Philanthropies Lead