The U.S. President, Mr. Barack Obama launched an initiative on Monday that is focused on constructing a larger technological workforce, and more than twenty regions across the United States will be a part of it. The program, named as TechHire, will bring the city leaders and employers together to address the requirement for more cyber security experts, software developers, and IT engineers.
The Chief Executive of the Nashville Technology Council, Mr. Bryan Huddleston, who came to the capital of the U.S. for the program’s announcement to the National League of Cities and a reception at the White House, stated that it is them working jointly as a community to assist in addressing and solving the talent gap crisis.
The tech-related areas have expected openings for around 500,000 jobs, nation-wide, which includes around 1,300 in Middle Tennessee in the previous year, even though the region has added around 2,200 tech employees at the same period of time.
Mr. Huddleston also said that even though they have grown now, there is a big requirement to fill the positions as yet.
But the salaries in other areas remain obstinately stagnant, and the average wage for employees with high-tech skills is around 50% higher than the standard jobs in private-sector in the U.S., as stated by the White House. The strategy of the administration is not just offering training to universities and community colleges but also to depend upon high-tech educational institutes, a few of which have entered into preparations with cities to train employees in just a few months and then assist in placing them in jobs. The training institutes have undergone several independent surveys to verify the rate of jobs and placements.
Technology programs provided at Middle Tennessee community colleges are of lower capacity and graduation rates float at nearby 20%, as stated by the Nashville Technology Council.