Apple announced it’s second- ever iOS App Development Centre, where it can train and teach students how to build iOS applications for iPhones and iPads.
The initiative is part push of an industry-wide push to encourage people to learn coding and concerns of a skills shortage.
It comes as Apple faces strong competition from rival app platform Google Play.
Apple hopes to expand its training programme to countries worldwide.
Chief executive Tim Cook said: “Europe is home to some of the creative developers in the world, and we’re thrilled to be helping the next generation of entrepreneurs in Italy get the skills they need for success”
This new iOS App Development Center will be located at a partner institution in Naples, Italy. Apple had previously built the first iOS App Development center in Brazil. But it later announced plans to expand this program to other countries around the world.
For these iOS Development Centers to work. Apple will lean on local partners to help build the curriculum and offer more opportunities for students to learn how to build iOS apps.
Apple said that developers in Europe have earned over $10.2 billion from selling their apps through the App store. And in addition to the 1.2 million jobs attributable to the community of app developers, over 75,000 of those are in Italy alone