UiPath is partnering with HBCUs to train students on robotic process automation (RPA). The enterprise automation software company is collaborating with HBCUs as part of its Academic Alliance. UiPath’s partnership with seven HBCUs is part of an initiative to bring workforce development opportunities, skills, training and knowledge to students.
The partnerships include Clark Atlanta University, Grambling State University, Jackson State University, Stillman College, Texas Southern University, Tuskegee University and Winston Salem University.
“I’m thrilled to start my RPA journey through Texas Southern University’s curriculum with UiPath,” said Aliza Durvesh, a teaching assistant at Texas Southern University. “I know that the enterprise of the future is fully automated, and that RPA technology is at the core of this new way of working. I’m excited to gain the skills I need to drive a future of work that unleashes workers from repetitive, time-intensive work.”
Around 86% of global office workers are demanding automation skills training from their employers, according to a UiPath study. As more organizations invest in digital software technologies like automation, UiPath is working to ensure RPA technology and skills are available to HBCU students.
“We believe it’s imperative that workforces have the training and skills to use automation technologies and identify opportunities for innovative applications,” said Tom Clancy, SVP UiPath Learning. “We strongly believe that this education should be extended to all people. Fostering diversity in the tech industry, unlocks opportunities for fresh perspectives, ideas, and opportunities for innovation.”
The seven HBCUs that have recently partnered with UiPath are among more than 750 universities and colleges in UiPath’s Academic Alliance program. The program offers professors free automation curriculum to teach automation skills. Industry research shows there is soaring demand for professionals who have such skills with “Robotics Engineer” being one of the fastest emerging job roles globally. From 2015 to 2019, LinkedIn reported a 40% compound annual growth rate in this specific job posting.