The IT sector is booming in Cebu City, located on the island of Cebu. Passerelles Numériques is an association offering free training in digital professions to very underprivileged young people from remote and isolated communities. Training courses are in line with the market's requirements and ensure long-term employability. The association has partnerships with 150 local companies that have agreed to take students on internships or hire them.
Since 2015, Passerelles Numériques has been offering a training course specializing in web development in partnership with San Carlos University. The program, which lasts two years and a half, includes internships in partner companies, team projects, classes with experts, coaching for job hunting, etc. Students, trained on the latest equipment, acquire skills that are sought after by their future employers.
The first class in 2015 included 50 students who had completed high school. From September 2019, 208 students will follow the training program:
With the support of the Air Liquide Foundation since 2015, Passerelles Numériques has been equipped with high-performance IT equipment, an interactive whiteboard, drones, mini educative computers and computer-to-build kits. To ensure a warm welcome to the students of the 2017 & 2019 cohorts, the Foundation makes it possible for the association to buy furnitures needed to accommodate the youth, as well as educational materials.