CTT, an integrated business education and certification services company, announced the formal launch of the 'ICT Generation' program, which empowers disadvantaged youth through technology training and certification, and guarantees them employment. The program is an innovative response to Peru's dual needs for technical talent to support its rapidly growing information technology industry and for helping young Peruvians who lack financial resources to gain the necessary education and training for technology-related employment. ICT Generation will train 740 youth within the next six months. The first phase of the program launched this month with young people from Lima, Arequipa, and Trujillo. CTT, Microsoft Peru, the Peruvian Ministry of Labor's PROJOVEN program, and the Inter-American Development Bank teamed to design and launch the program. 'We appreciate the opportunity to work with Microsoft, the Ministry, PROJOVEN, and the Inter-American Development Bank in this pioneering program,' said Hermann Gomez, president of CTT S.A.C. Peru. 'By empowering the youth of Peru to gain valuable technical skills and knowledge, we also empower them to transform their country.'
Microsoft is helping to fund, support, and promote ICT Generation. The company's software, technical course materials, examinations, and program design are used to prepare students for earning Microsoft Certified Professional certification. 'Peru's technology sector is growing, which represents an outstanding opportunity for young people to gain employment,' said Enrique Angulo, general manager of Microsoft Peru. CTT has designed and will conduct the System and Support Specialist Program, which includes technical, best practices, and humanistic skills courses. Students will also take courses from CTT that address the Microsoft operating system, network installation, network configuration, customer advocacy, broadband access technologies, installation and support, and personal communications. After completing courses and passing an examination, students earn the CTT Specialization in Service and Technical Support certification, which includes the Microsoft Certified Professional credential as a component.