Low-code automation platform Appian has launched a low-code education and certification program in the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region, aiming to deliver at least 1,000 scholarships this year globally.
The program, named #lowcode4all, is focused on funding scholarships for certifications for people who have financial barriers to education.
Talk to RNA, Denise Broady, Appian’s global marketing director, called the program “the democratization of access.”
“Our goal is not just to give the scholarships, but to place individuals in jobs within that and change their socio-economic outcome, as well as supporting them through the process,” he said. she declared.
“We’re with partners to make sure there’s a placement path as well as customers, and we’re just trying to create a program that would create more diversity.”
The program contains a shareable badge for LinkedIn which indicates that the user has been trained in low-code.
Following the badge, participants will receive a voucher for a certification exam. Then, once they have achieved Appian Certified Associate Developer status, participants will then be able to access the #lowcode4all Hiring Partner Network.
The program was first launched in the United States in April and is now supported across the Asia-Pacific region by key partners, one of which is Australia-based Procensol, which will publicize the program and have the possibility of being part of the hiring network for the placement of program graduates.
“We have this unique situation of coming out of the back of COVID which has delayed a lot of demand in Australia in conjunction with some aggressive border restrictions during this time and we find ourselves in this period of massive growth coming out of it,” said Procensol chief executive Dan Cooke.
“We really have this unique storm; we have a pretty big shortage of qualified people in the country and especially in the low code sector. From my perspective, anything we can do to increase the number of people entering the low-code, programming, and computing space is beneficial and it’s up to me to create jobs for people so that we can go out and further expand our operations and further expand what we do.
“I would seek to employ people who have potentially participated in these scholarship programs.”
Not only does the program help address the persistent labor shortage in the global tech community, there is also an element that touches Broady. Citing her own personal background as a Vietnamese refugee in the United States, she said her mother had an eighth-grade education and had earned around $18,000 her entire life through work.
Meanwhile, Broady was the first in her family to attend college and took a COBOL course while attending, which landed her a job in programming after finishing with a starting salary of $40. US$000.
“It was 25 years ago; at that time the poverty line was $30,000 in the United States, so taking my family from $18,000 to $40,000 is a socio-economic shift,” she added.
“When I looked at technology in general, it’s also an opportunity to bring in diversity not only of gender, but also of background and people who may not have access to it.”
The launch of #lowcode4all comes months after Appian appointed its first director of alliances for Australia and New Zealand (A/NZ) in April in the form of Steve Gillet.
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