The DesArrolladoras (Developers) project emerged as an initiative of the Department of Corporate Citizenship in Samsung's offices in Spain with the aim of improving people's lives by breaking down barriers through technology. The commitment to promote employability is rooted in providing digital training to women and offering the knowledge learners in today's world need to navigate in an ever-changing and highly demanding sector.
Thanks to the DesArrolladoras educational project, which officially started in November 2018, 220 women received programming training via a 50-hour online course. The 17 best-performing profiles were then selected to upskill further, continuing the training programme in the form of a more advanced face-to-face course. Students who completed the course received an official diploma during a special event held at the Polytechnic University of Madrid.
Scaling up: from pilot programme to good practice
After the success of the pilot programme of the project, a new call was opened in 2019. More content, as well as different levels of trainings, covering all needed knowledge from scratch, were also added. This resulted in an increase of the number of available training hours and an increase in interest in the programme. The second part of the initiative kicked off on 20 May 2019 with the support of Bejob, an experienced training company belonging to the Santillana Group.
The initiative set an ambitious goal for itself: training 1.000 women in Spain before moving on to surpass its original expectation. More than 1.000 applications were received for the DesArrolladoras programme, despite initial doubt in the ability of the initiative to achieve these numbers. More specifically:
- The Samsung DesArrolladoras project made possible for more than 1,000 women without prior skills in programming to receive training free of charge.
- The programme was successful in breaking barriers to technology, with more than 1.000 women entering a new labour market with their skills being in high-demand.
Programme structure: from 0 to proficiency
Diving deeper into key emerging technologies
The programme's 4th phase started on 13 January 2020, with the launch of 1 out of 2 classroom-based courses. The 40 best performing students have been divided into 2 distinct and homogeneous groups according to their availability. The 450-hour course explores the fundamentals of Artificial Intelligence, Natural Language Processing, Machine Learning, Deep Learning, as well as the programming languages needed to work in an AI environment.
The Big Data module of the course tackles data analysis, management, and storage and teaches learners how to acquire programming skills that are valuable in the context of big data or business intelligence. Another next group of this face-to-face course starts in May 2022. Once they complete and pass the course, the students will obtain academic certification from Samsung and the General Foundation of the University of Alcalá (FGUA).