San Jose, CA - August 16, 2017 - Automation Anywhere, the global leader in enterprise Robotic Process Automation (RPA), today announced the founding of Automation Anywhere University (AAU), an educational program aimed at training students and upskilling existing workers in RPA technology. Addressing the global need for further education in this field, the program consists of specialist training, onsite instructor led courses, an online eLearning portal and a certification and testing center, all to address the global need for more education in RPA. Certified students will be fully equipped to take advantage of the explosive growth of Digital Workforces, software bots that augment the human workforce.
Recent findings from the Career Advisory Board cast a light on the growing technology skills gap – only 11 percent of organizations believe that colleges and universities are providing graduates with skills to fill the tech needs of their businesses and institutions. Among the technology fields experiencing rapid growth is RPA, a relatively new technology that, as a job title, didn't exist two years ago and now has hundreds of current job listings on LinkedIn.
"We've always been very outspoken about the fact that automation only reaches its full potential when humans and bots work side by side. We are focused on advancing the adoption of RPA technology to benefit the human workforce," said Mihir Shukla, CEO and co-founder of Automation Anywhere. "With AAU, we're expanding beyond the training we provide partners and customers to help educate the existing workforce, and those soon to be entering the workforce, so they can become the future leaders at their companies."
AAU is a training and certification program that drives RPA education by enabling students to develop a foundational knowledge of RPA technology combined with a specialization in Automation Anywhere software, one of the most widely deployed RPA solutions available today. At the end of the 30-hour training, students are expected to complete a written test, as well as a skills assessment in which they create their own bots. Students who successfully complete the course and pass both exams earn the designation of an Essentials Certified RPA Professional, signaling their proficiency with RPA to existing or prospective employers.
To facilitate delivery of AAU, Automation Anywhere is partnering with educational institutions, including universities, adult education centers and extension programs.
"CKSVIM Innovation Excellence Committee recognizes Robotic Process Automation as a key managerial skill for the future, and we recently held a ten-day Automation Anywhere University RPA training workshop and certification," said professor Dr. Rajesh Khajuria, director of SMJV's C. K. Shah Vijapurwala Institute of Management in India. "The course was a unique blend of theoretical concepts and hands-on experience on the Automation Anywhere Enterprise RPA tool, which bring immense value to the students as they prepare to be part of the workforce. I am confident these skills will add a lot of value to their employability in the future. We look forward to continuing to work with Automation Anywhere University and conducting more workshops in the future."
"We have been running AAU for several months and are pleased to launch it broadly," said Kathleen Holmgren, Chief Officer, Future Workforce, at Automation Anywhere. "Our goal is to train and certify professionals ready to spearhead RPA initiatives across all industries. We believe AAU is a big step towards making these opportunities available to anyone interested in expanding their technology skillset."
To date, AAU has trained more than 200 individuals with plans to have 2,000 individuals trained through AAU by the end of 2017.
To learn more about Automation Anywhere University and for additional details on joining the program, visit here.
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Automation Anywhere delivers the most comprehensive enterprise-grade RPA platform with built-in cognitive solutions and analytics. Over 500 of the world's largest brands use the platform to manage and scale their business processes faster, with near-zero error rates, while dramatically reducing operational costs. Based on the belief that people who have more time to create, think and discover build great companies, Automation Anywhere has provided the world's best RPA and cognitive technology to leading financial services, BPO, healthcare, technology and insurance companies across more than 90 countries for over a decade. For additional information visit www.automationanywhere.com.