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Phil_Britt 6/25/2017 | 11:55:13 AM
Training an Issue Throughout Tech Robotics, AI and related industires are also running into the skills gap problem. They are trying to address it, in part, by promoting trade schools featuring the needed skills. Part of the sales pitch is that some of these schools are less expensive and quicker to complete than college, relieving students of much of the debt facing the tradtional college graduate.
Michelle 6/25/2017 | 4:33:14 PM
Re: Training an Issue Throughout Tech I didn't realize tech companies were finding skilled workers this way. The lure of smaller debt for a worthwhile career must be a big one. I guess we'll have to wait a while to see if this works out.
Phil_Britt 6/25/2017 | 4:40:21 PM
Re: Training an Issue Throughout Tech The outreach fars fall short of meeting the need. Additionally, the programs are concentrated in certain areas of the country, where there are robotics and other tech firms to offer support (and to reap the benefits).
Phil_Britt 6/25/2017 | 4:40:21 PM
Re: Training an Issue Throughout Tech The outreach fars fall short of meeting the need. Additionally, the programs are concentrated in certain areas of the country, where there are robotics and other tech firms to offer support (and to reap the benefits).
Scott_Ferguson 6/26/2017 | 7:28:21 AM
Re: Training an Issue Throughout Tech @PhilBrit: The one thing that I have seen over and over, and whether it's here or in Europe, is that the skills gap never seems to get fixed. The companies talk about and there's also this public response, and then reports like these come out that says IT managers still can't find people. I think this issue needs to be seriously re-thought. I do like the idea of an academy for such skills. 
Joe Stanganelli 6/26/2017 | 11:20:59 AM
Regulatory effect > Healthcare and professional services are the two industries driving most of the IT hiring

Hardly surprising, considering that these are among the two most heavily regulated sectors in the world -- particularly where data privacy and information security are concerned.
Joe Stanganelli 6/26/2017 | 11:22:55 AM
Re: Training an Issue Throughout Tech @Phil: This has been a major topic of discussion at a couple of AI conferencecs I've attended recently. According to people who work in and peripheral to the AI sector, the primary reason for this is that the self-driving car sector has gobbled up the lion's share of the available AI talent.
danielcawrey 6/26/2017 | 6:20:19 PM
Re: Training an Issue Throughout Tech It's really hard to find the right mix of skills these days. I don't think it is because colleges are missing the boat, it's just that tech changes so fast. One thing universities might do well with is a more hybrid skills based approach that can succeed no matter what technology is hot at the time. Skills plus fundamentals. 
Joe Stanganelli 6/30/2017 | 8:37:21 AM
Re: Training an Issue Throughout Tech @daniel: Ah, but if they did that, then they couldn't sell continuing education packages! ;)

(Colleges and universities are businesses, too.)
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