Revolutionary bootcamp training system lands in chile to train 16,000 people on I.T

● Applications for the first 1,500 scholarships will be open between September 26 and October 17 (both dates included) for four available trainings that respond to the most demanded profiles by the IT industry today.

● The bootcamp system is successfully applied in the United States and Europe, where its students have been employed in companies such as Google, Microsoft, Facebook, Airbnb.

In Chile, the probability of automating an average job is 42.2%, while 1.3 million workers (17%) could see their jobs being automated, especially those who have more mechanical, repetitive jobs, or that require strength. But as this happens, jobs related to information technologies are growing. Between 2006 and 2016, IT services companies have increased their sales by almost 13% per year on average, more than 4,500 new businesses have been created and jobs have grown on average more than 6% per year.

In order to prepare people for these future jobs with a strong technological component, Digital Talent for Chile is born, an initiative that brings together 11 public and private institutions and seeks to train 16,000 people in the next three years, with a revolutionary method that has already been installed in Europe and the United States: bootcamp.

The event, which took place at Accenture’s offices, was attended by the Minister of Labor and Social Welfare, Nicolás Monckeberg, the Undersecretary of Labor, Fernando Arab, the National Director of SENCE, Juan Manuel Santa Cruz, Esteban Rodríguez, country manager of Accenture and Raúl Ciudad, innovation leader of SOFOFA, among other representatives of the public-private working group of Digital Talent for Chile, among others.

During the launch, the Minister of Labor and Social Welfare, Nicolás Mönckeberg, said that “the Fourth Revolution is already here and with this pioneering agreement we want to bridge the digital divide that exists in the country, looking for ways to develop skills in workers with access to quality jobs that are consistent with the demands of today’s digital economy.”

The Undersecretary of Labor, Fernando Arab, added that “if we can be sure of anything, it is that the technological and digital skills will be the skills of the jobs of the future. That is why it is essential to train our workers in these new competencies. 65% of the children that enter the education system today will work in trades that currently do not exist, which forces us to do things well and prepare properly.”

Along these lines, Diego Richard, executive director of Digital Talent, stressed that “in Chile there are sectors of the economy with high demand for specialists that is not met and, at the same time, many people do not find work given that their skills are outdated. In a context of a progressive digital transformation of the economy, Chile faces both a challenge and an opportunity: to have the human capital required to go along with the progress of our economy and, simultaneously, to offer quality work opportunities for people.”

Meanwhile, Juan Manuel Santa Cruz, national director of Sence, added that “SENCE is an integral part of Talento Digital para Chile’s public-private initiative, because we are in charge of a digital transformation in the world of work that is already a reality. We want to support and prepare Chilean workers for the jobs of the future with trainings that we have prepared together with the companies involved, in the profiles they require. With these 1,500 places we are starting on a path that will last three years and that will mean having 16,000 people ready for the technological jobs that companies are offering.”

During this first stage, Digital Talent for Chile will carry out four on-site courses in eight cities in the country, starting in October: Full Stack Java Trainee developer, Front-End Trainee Application Developer, Android Trainee Mobile Application Developer and UX/UI Designer. These courses respond to the most demanded profiles in the IT industry today and will be taught in Antofagasta, Rancagua, Santiago, Valparaiso, Concepcion, Temuco, Puerto Montt and Valdivia.

Digital Chile is inspired by the successful Tech Talent Pipeline experience, which is being implemented in New York since 2014, seeking to train New Yorkers in 21st century skills. To date, the results have shown that 75% of graduates get jobs upon completion, with a dropout rate of 5%. This is actually one of the great novelties of Digital Talent: the employability goal is 70% and there are a number of companies that have already committed to hiring some students once the courses are completed.

To apply, you will have to access the website and meet the following requirements: be a Chilean national or foreigner of over 18 years old with residence in Chile and a valid identity card, with computer skills at a user level, secondary school completion certificate and belong to the 80% most vulnerable of the population according to the public office Registro Social de Hogares, among others.

Available courses:


Digital Talent for Chile Business Network 

During the launch, the entry of the multinational services company, Accenture, to the Digital Talent for Chile business network was also announced, making it the first one to take on this great challenge for the country. Esteban Rodríguez, Accenture’s country manager, “we celebrate this tremendous initiative because it responds to an effort that the private sector had been making in recent times, but at a pilot-program level, and that today is scaling at a country level to train talent towards the future. To be part is a commitment to collaborate in the challenges of the digital transformation of Chile.”

The business network of Digital Talent allows organizations to be part of an ecosystem that leads the digital transformation of Chile, access to a talent seedbed, provide employability and participate in the improvement and adaptation of training processes and plans that our country requires to develop higher-level digital skills in people.

Learn more about the initiative here


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