Tech company Amber Group is spearheading a drive to employ thousands of young Jamaicans as software developers, thus providing opportunities in this sector.
Founder and CEO of Amber Group, Dushyant Savadia, announced that the software development sector is valued at US$487 billion and that is set to increase to US$507 billion this year, making it the largest growing business sector in the world.
Amber Group has now partnered with HEART NSTA/Trust to form the Amber HEART Coding Academy.
This academy will train Jamaicans in coding and play an instrumental role in the transformation of Jamaica into a more digitally driven economy. The aim is to make Jamaica the software development hub of the Caribbean.
“Jamaica is uniquely positioned to take advantage of this growing need. We are an English-speaking country, we have the talent and now through the Amber HEART Academy, we will build the competencies.”
Amber Group is a global vehicle security and telematics solutions providers. Serving 23 countries worldwide, Amber Connect is a subsidiary of Amber Group Limited, a technology conglomerate. It has already engaged in artificial intelligence deployment in vehicle tracking.
The Amber Group won the Jamaica Institute of Engineers Award for of Excellence for 2020.
At that award ceremony, Amber Group’s CEO Dushyant Savadia prophetically said: “While science and technology can wow us, fascinate us and really bring that excitement, it’s truly the engineers who build the world.”
The company has developed a wearable tracking and tracing solution connected by Telenor Connexion, to help governments contain the spread of COVID-19 in the Caribbean.
In an effort to get more young Jamaicans coding and building careers in software development, the technical curriculum, equipment and training will be undertaken by the Amber Innovations business line of the Amber Group, and facilitated through the HEART/NSTA Trust.
Students will undergo an intensive year-long residency training at the Stony Hill HEART/NSTA campus with an internship component, where they will work with seasoned developers to work on software development solutions.
Upon successful completion of the programme, the then graduates will be guaranteed jobs within the Amber Group. The students began training on January 12 this year.
National Director of HOPE, and Board Member of the HEART/NSTA Trust, Colonel Martin Rickman said that, “this initiative will provide a whole new world of opportunities for these participants, and for the country.”“This new generation of coders would have left the programme having gained not only technical skills, but also soft skills such as stress management, problem solving, creativity, and an innovative mindset to transform the world and position Jamaica as the next technological hub of the region. I would like to thank the Amber Group and in particular, Mr. Dushyant Savadia for his vision of the concept and co-sponsoring this initiative,” Rickman added.
The Amber Group has created game changing software applications for a number of companies and governments across the region since its inception five years ago. Some of these include vehicle racking technology, the Jamaica Public Service Company (JPSCo.) application, and the JAMCOVID-19 application. The latter, the world’s first end-to-end pandemic management system, which has since been replicated to serve seven Caribbean islands after its success in Jamaica last year.
“In five short years, we’ve formed one of the largest technology conglomerates in the Caribbean, operating right out of Jamaica. We build technology products which are mind blowing, even to the Western world. That is the potential of this country, that is the innovative ability of this country,” said Savadia.