Stratpoint Technologies, a leading provider of software development and cloud services in the Philippines, partners with PHINMA Education, a national secondary and tertiary education system, to bridge the gap between industry and academia : the gap between the education received by new graduates and the industry’s expectations of beginning professionals.
Companies in the industry currently have programs, such as on-the-job training and curriculum consultations, to help close this gap. But more and more information technology (IT) positions have opened up and need to be filled quickly, especially at the height of COVID-19 lockdowns. The new IT landscape also requires employees to be equipped with highly technical skills and abilities, such as analytical thinking, complex problem solving, and resilience, among others.
In an effort to bring more ready-to-use professionals into the industry quickly and on a large scale, Stratpoint and PHINMA Education have launched an immersion program for faculties of technology.
Through this program, a group of educators from PHINMA schools will be assigned to Stratpoint for an academic semester or five months. In the first phase of the program, they will undergo a rigorous technical bootcamp under the tutelage of software, cloud, data and AI engineers at Stratpoint. The bootcamp is a combination of self-paced classes, live lectures, and real-world coding projects, the same program designed to train new Stratpoint employees into highly skilled technical engineers.
The second phase of the program is learning in a real software development project. Integrated into a project team, participants will be asked to complete tasks that require them to apply their bootcamp learnings, under the supervision of Stratpoint peers, leaders and project managers. By the end of the semester, they will have completed a full software development lifecycle and will have gained first-hand experience in delivering a technology solution to the market.
The whole program is facilitated remotely, so educators from several PHINMA Education schools – University of Pangasinan, University of Araullo in Cabanatuan, University of South West Cebu, University of Iloilo and Cagayan de Oro College – can participate.
Upon graduation from the program, participants will translate their newly acquired technical and business knowledge into classroom experience, enriching the program with practical lessons that will better prepare PHINMA Education students from across the Philippines for employment in the industry. technological. With this train-the-trainer approach, Stratpoint and PHINMA Education are generating a multiplier effect and expanding the job readiness initiative nationwide in a matter of months.
PHINMA Education Country Manager Raymundo Reyes said: âBy working directly with a respected industry leader such as Stratpoint, our teachers will enhance their already outstanding academic credentials with real-world accomplishments. They will return from the deployment armed with new educational tools – field exposure to clients, users and fellow IT professionals – to take our talent preparation initiatives to the next level. As an educational institution, it will be an honor to form a student body that will become the future leaders in IT.
Stratpoint CEO Mary Rose dela Cruz said, âWe know that our pool of smart and skilled talent is the key to our success in a highly competitive environment. And we continually create the environment for our talents to flourish through cadet and professional development programs. This time, we are stepping up our efforts in an industry-university partnership – thanks to PHINMA Education which is firmly committed to investing in their teachers – to reach more students and develop the potential of more talent. Our first group of participants is a few, but their learnings will be reflected in classrooms nationwide, in places and numbers that we typically don’t reach through regular cadet programs. I look forward to the moment when I will work side by side with students who will benefit from our immersion participants.
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