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01-Jan-2020


LABORATORIA:

CODING TRAINING FOR WOMEN

Woman using a laptop for coding, with Laboratoria and BIC Corporate Foundation logos

ABOUT THE ORGANIZATION

 

NGO Name: Laboratoria

Pillar: Access to Education for Girls and Women

Location: Mexico

Funding Period: 2018-2020

 

THE CHALLENGE

Laboratoria works to solve two problems: the lack of quality education and job opportunities for Latin American women, and the enormous talent and gender gaps within the technology sector. 

While higher education access is growing significantly in Mexico, long programs, high costs and training disconnected from the economy has made it increasingly difficult for young people, specifically women, to transition successfully into the labor market. At the same time, the tech sector is experiencing massive talent and gender gaps, with companies unable to find the diverse talent they need to create high-quality products.

 

ABOUT THE PROJECT

The project provides a six-month intensive coding bootcamp that trains talented young women who have high potential to succeed as front-end developers and UX designers. Using the "agile classroom" methodology, students learn to code in an environment mirroring a real workplace, allowing them to gain the technical and soft skills needed for career success. Students are connected with high-paying, high-quality jobs upon graduating and become members of the project's alumnae community, a vibrant group of Latin American women transforming the face of the tech sector. 

 

IN THEIR OWN WORDS

“I am not lying when I say that Laboratoria is the first place where I lived and experienced what “sororidad” is: it is leaving aside who you are, what you studied, or how old you are, to learn together, to help, and to teach one another. Thanks to a combination of my perseverance, the workshops, the knowledge of the coaches, my fellow classmates, and my trust in what Laboratoria has to offer, I currently work as a UX Designer in the Digital Banking sector of Banco Azteca. We were all looking for a space to be and Laboratoria allowed us to grow personally and professionally.”

 

- Maritza, 2019 graduate

 

 

Photograph: ©Laboratoria