Though there’s no lack of talent to fill lower-end IT positions, employers across the globe are finding it difficult to attract high tech talent with niche skills to work in areas related to new and emerging technologies such as big data collection, data analytics, social media, cloud computing and storage, mobility, medical devices, automotive connectivity, and consumer digital products. One of the main reasons for this lack of talent is that the majority of educational institutions have yet to adapt their curricula to include these subjects. As a result, young professionals entering the high tech job market often don’t possess the skills and knowledge employers need.
For employers, recruiting qualified talent can therefore be a frustrating endeavor that can result in unfilled positions and hamper operational development. Yet as Chauncy Lennon points out in his U.S. News article “Lack of Skilled Workers Threatens Economic Growth,” job seekers are motivated to acquire the necessary skills; the problem is that they don’t know precisely which skills they need, nor where they can learn them.
What all of this means is that there’s an outstanding opportunity for employers to provide training that brings lean talent up to speed in precisely the areas their companies need. This can consist of off-site training provided by an external company and/or on the job training in which new hires receive instruction and guidance from senior employees.
It’s important to understand that employer-provided training offers more than simply a way to build an in-house workforce with niche skills; it also enhances engagement, since high-tech talent want to learn and advance. In fact, according to the 2014 Kelly Global Workforce Index, 60 percent of high tech talent considered training to be a decisive factor when accepting a position; 48 percent utilized employer-provided training to prepare for advancement; and 21 percent would leave their current employer due to a lack of training programs.
Internships and apprenticeships
At the same time, there’s also an opportunity to establish internships and apprenticeships that educate students in the areas most relevant to a company’s needs. This will likely involve some form of partnership with local educational institutions, resulting in a rich source of raw, young talent with a lot of potential.
For employers looking to bridge the skills gap in high tech, training interns, apprentices, and lean talent can provide an efficient way to establish an engaged workforce with niche skills.
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