Jamaica is attempting to become a major technology hub in the Caribbean after opening its first coding academy last week.
The government launched the Coding Academy on Thursday in an initiative to maintain the worldwide demand for computer skills. The academy is the brainchild of Dushyant Savadia, founder and CEO of software company Amber Group. Its programs will be offered through the HEART NSTA Trust Institution.
“Last year, the software development market was valued at US$487 billion and is expected to continue to grow in the COVID-19 context,” said Savadia. “Jamaica is uniquely positioned as we are an English-speaking country, we have the talent and now, through the Amber HEART Academy, we will build the competencies.”
Speaking at the launch, Prime Minister Andrew Holness said the academy will train young Jamaicans to be the creators of digital interfaces and will significantly boost their skill-set.