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The Alliance for Inclusive Digital Talent goes one step further with its first breakfast meeting with companies

From knowing nothing about coding to being a full stack professional in a technology company is only a year and a half difference. It may not seem much, but behind that time there is a lot of effort, perseverance and, above all, an opportunity, the opportunity that Fundación Tomillo and Asociación Factoría F5 gave Rosa, a participant in one of the bootcamps that both entities develop with the aim of ‘democratizing’ technologies and finding talent among people from vulnerable environments, especially women, who are not familiar with them.

“The impact my work generates is real,” explains Karen, co-trainer of Factoría F5’s Artificial Intelligence bootcamp and former student of the program promoted by Tomillo and F5.

And precisely with the aim of continuing to amplify that impact, today was held the first working breakfast of the Alliance for Inclusive Digital Talent, an alliance promoted by Tomillo and Factoría F5, with the dual objective of “breaking with the legacy of poverty” and “seeking digital talent among people with greater difficulty” because “we know that diversity, equity and talent go hand in hand,” explains Ángel Serrano, director of Fundación Tomillo.

“Not everyone has access to conventional training schools – said Guillaume Thureau, CEO of F5 Factory – We have a solid educational model with a success rate of over 75%, but we need companies to dare to incorporate this diverse talent and help us to continue attracting it, it is “key that companies join this triptych between public administrations, social entities and companies to capture this hidden talent,” he added.

Representatives of companies such as Accenture, ATOS, Deloitte, IBM, Let me Park, Microsoft, SII Concatel, Specialisterne, Trentia; administrations such as Agencia para el empleo del Ayuntamiento and Comunidad de Madrid; and entities such as Fundación Telefónica, AMETIC, La Rueca, La Nave, Madrid Futuro or Fundación SERES have participated in this working day that will continue in the coming weeks with individual meetings that will allow to better land the type of involvement or programs that can add to the alliance to achieve the ambitious goal of employing 50.50,000 people in the Community of Madrid in 10 years.

Among the conclusions drawn from this first working meeting were:

  • The need to incorporate diversity of gender, age… in companies.
  • The importance of establishing in companies a true culture of inclusion capable of welcoming these new professionals.
  • The importance of developing training that promotes motivation, innovation, creativity and anticipation of change.
  • Reinforcement in continuous learning and in diversifying the knowledge learned.
  • The identification of technology jobs that can be filled with appropriately trained personnel, without the need for a university or vocational training degree.
  • The offshoring of digital talent. Although close to 50% of the jobs are in Madrid, the companies have stressed the importance of expanding this alliance to more areas.

The identification of all that companies can offer to this Alliance, beyond recruiting different profiles and contributing to the existence of training programs for the aforementioned groups, companies can raise awareness and attract other agents of the Networks of which they are part, as well as offer volunteers to accompany and coach the participants in the training.