The distance learning course started by Marcos Galperín has registered 50,000 sign-ups in its first five days. The founder of Latin American classifieds giant Mercado Libre set up the programming course alongside coding school Digital House and software company Globant so that youngsters in the region could get the training they need to get a foothold in the engineering industry.
The course offers training from scratch in several coding languages and gives students the option to specialize in either front-end or back-end technology paths. At full price, the course will cost around 9,000USD though there are a lot of bursaries being offered by Argentinian companies keen to recruit course graduates.
Galperín is on record as saying that one of the big barriers to growth in the region is the lack of IT engineers with sufficient expertise and training and that Mercado Libre is making it a priority to build out its tech teams in the region to fuel expansion. Having partnered with fellow Argentinian unicorn and software giant Globant, the Mercado Libre CEO had hoped for 10,000 sign-ups to the online course and in a tweet yesterday said he was very happy to collaborate in adding to the tech talent pool in Latin America.
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