Technology Record - Issue 27: Winter 2022

81 practices, thought leadership and governance to the next generation of aspiring professionals. Through this joint venture, we’ll be able to help equip young people entering the workforce with the forward-thinking skills they need to drive techenabled projects and be successful in the job market.” Following the successful completion of the pilot programme, there are currently more than 2,000 students across 36 universities around the world who have started their learning journeys. “The feedback we’ve received from instructors and students have been really encouraging as they’re already seeing a lot of value in the coursework and exercises,” says Sibley. “We’re excited to see the programme grow over the next few years and see what innovative and creative outcomes will be dreamed up by students using citizen development and the Power Platform.” Non-technical students can use Power Platform University Hub to create applications, software solutions and enterprise-grade applications without needing to learn to code. “Training more students in lowcode tools addresses the existing gap that has resulted from a shortage of pro-code developers and the growing need for organisations and companies to be able to create business solutions without relying solely on overstretched IT departments,” says Cunningham. “On completion, students will be more attractive to potential employers with the skills needed to successfully achieve digital transformation in the workplace including the ability to build apps, data visualisations, chatbots and websites.” “ We’ll be able to help equip young people entering the workforce with the forwardthinking skills they need to be successful in the job market” SAM SIBLEY, PMI