IoT World Forum: Mind The Skills Gap With Insights Services

IoT World Forum 2017 has just wrapped up and the biggest takeaway was the skills gap. Companies don’t have the expertise to fully implement and benefit from their IoT initiatives.

This was the fourth year of the event, with a theme of “taking IoT to the next level” and “bringing it all together.” The organizers were clear on their mission to help the audience with concrete “how to” sessions.

In a recent study sponsored by Cisco, 62% of respondents reported that the IoT opportunity was real, but that they had barely scratched the surface. The same study also found that only 26% of IoT initiatives were completely successful and 15% failed. That means that the rest are somewhere in the middle, potentially stalled – but with some hope remaining.  The same survey asked about the challenges they faced in implementing IoT initiatives; the results are telling. The #1 challenge was lack of expertise, followed by integration complexity – challenges that each exacerbates the other.

Click here to read Jennifer Belissent’s article from the website Forrester. 

Employers Need to Get Creative If They are Going to Fill Open Vacancies

Virginia’s jobless rate stood at 3.8 percent in April.

Even before the low unemployment rate, employers have been complaining of vacancies that go unfilled because of the lack of available skilled workers.

The issue of a skills gap reached the concern of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission which, last month, held a public meeting on the issue of the current state of the U.S. workforce, and what jobs may be in future demand.  While not directly in the purview of the EEOC’s mission to eradicate employment discrimination, the EEOC said it was holding the meeting because “discrimination must be remedied with employment opportunity.”

The American Enterprise Institute stated in the meeting that employers are creating skill-intensive jobs but these cannot be filled unless the existing workforce upgrades their skills so they can more easily match positions available.

Click here to read Karen Michael’s complete article from the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

JPMorgan Chase pledges $17M towards job training for high school grads

JPMorgan Chase & Co. today announced a $17 million, five-year commitment to U.S. cities working to increase the number of teens with access to quality summer work experiences that put them on a path to greater economic mobility. As part of the firm’s more than $325 million global investment in skills development, this nationwide effort will help equip young people with the skills and experiences they need to succeed and bridge the gap between the demand for summer jobs and the number of available positions.

Click here to read the entire article from the BusinessWire website. 

Bridging the skills gap in automotive manufacturing

Automotive manufacturers are currently facing a series of challenges. With increased pressure to meet customer demand for more personalised designs, they are tasked with creating a more flexible production environment, reducing engineering time and costs, and accelerating speed to market if they are to remain competitive.

In addition, like other industries, automotive is looking at a global skills shortage, in which too few engineers are sufficiently qualified to operate sophisticated automated machinery and equipment, or support the advancements available via emerging technologies.

Click here to read Stephon Dyson’s complete article published on the Global Manufacturing website. 

Medical technologist finds niche as CTE teacher

Fifteen years ago as a medical technologist, Brian Rookstool looked forward to meeting high school students coming through the hospitals while doing medical internships for their classes.

“I found myself enjoying it. I enjoyed teaching to the point I decided to pursue a career in education,” Rookstool said last week after school in his classroom at Veterans Memorial Early College High School.

Click here to read more about Brian Rookstool’s journey posted on the The Brownsville Herald website written by Gary Long. 

Overcoming the Skills Gap With On-the-Job Training

Much has been written about the skills gap in terms of the lack of qualified security practitioners to fill the roles available within organizations. In fact, the skills gap is currently one of the top concerns for CISOs, and the situation is poised to get event worse.

A recent Frost & Sullivan report looked at the importance of the millennial generation in filling the skills gap, which it estimated will amount to 1.8 million information security workers by 2020. Millennials will be critical for closing this gap, since they will form an even larger cohort than the baby boomer generation.

Click here to read Fran Howarth’s complete article from the SecurityIntelligence website. 

Companies Want Tech Skills — and the Ability to Write in Complete Sentences

The job market for new college graduates has finally seemed to shake off its recession-era doldrums, with one estimate putting inflation-adjusted salaries at 14 percent higher than pre-recession levels. While the growing demand for scarce STEM skills is one driver of this increase, HR experts say another, less-visible factor is the number of young adults who enter the workforce unable to handle a 40-hour workweek or send a grammatically correct email.

“It’s hard for them to adjust to the working world,” said Paula Harvey, vice president of human resources and safety at manufacturing company Schulte Building Systems and a member of the Society of Human Resource Management’s talent acquisition special expertise panel.

Click here to read Martha White’s complete article from NBC News.

Another Step Toward a Skilled Workforce: House Introduces Legislation to Strengthen CTE

The U.S. is on a path towards realizing how important Career and Technical Education (CTE) is in this country, and a big step forward on that journey was taken yesterday. On Thursday, May 4th, a bill to update the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act was introduced in the House of Representatives. Introduced by Representative Glenn Thompson ( R-PA) and Representative Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-IL), the bill, among other things, gives states more control over how to spend Perkins funding.

Click here to read the rest of my review posted on the Realityworks website. 

Program pays for technical skill interns earning experience, salary in Inland Empire

A group of Inland Empire employers met Tuesday and were asked, “How many of you have had a technical skills opening for the last three months?”

Every hand in the room went up.

Those employers who are in need of maintenance technicians and mechanics and electrical technicians and electricians were of one mind. The skills gap is real.

The meeting was held to promote a new paid internship program at Chaffey College’s Industrial Technical Learning Center, or InTech, in Fontana.

Click here to read more about the industry and education collaboration by ed Coghlan from the California Economic Summit. 

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