The Coming Technology Training Gap

Technology is everywhere; taking the training and development industry to another level. In my previous posts, I have highlighted the changing training needs and requirements for today’s organizations. No doubt, technology is advancing by leaps in bound and training experts like us are taking the most of it in terms of training and learning provision services, yet technology in itself that has been on way to replace the obsolete ways of working in the organizations, is still yet to be addressed in terms of employees training and skill development and making them technology savvy.  In this article, I would be highlighting the recent technology training scenario, and determining if there is a gap.

One of the recent studies by the Brookings Institution[1] showed that STEM jobs skills are I much high demand among employers, and the vacancies in high tech areas take much longer time to fill since candidates having STEM skills are less than the required supply. As per the Manpower study[2], the IT engineers and workers were among the toughest positions to be filled in the United States in 2015. Outside the United Sates, the technology training gap is also a problem. In Asia Pacific, Latin America, Africa, Middle East and China, there is a shortage of more than 1.3 million technology people through 2016, or a gap of around 27 percent as a proportion of overall demand, as stated by the IDC. In Europe as well, more than 0.8 million ICT jobs would go unfilled through 2015.

On the top of thousands of open app and software development, the IT management, big data, networking and user experience design jobs all over the world, there will soon be more tech oriented jobs in rising fields. United States Tech hiring site named Dice.com states that Internet of Things, wearbales and drones are few of the classifications that would have the biggest demand for every technological talent in the coming years[3]. This is surely a signal for growth in technology training and development industry, since the higher rate of unfilled IT positions clearly shows a big IT skill gap in recent training industry.

Clearly, we can say that IT and tech training gap is real, and in fact growing. However, what if the solution to this technology training gap was the technology itself? A stream of startups like Udemy, Code Academy, Creative Live, Coursera, Treehouse, and highly established IT training businesses like yourtrainingedge.com, MS IT Academy and Cisco Networking Academy, offer mobile and web e learning apps for training the IT and tech employees and managers of tomorrow. These businesses leverage the technology to make employees learn technology, deliver training and related certifications to the workers who are entering the tech job market or want to get promoted to higher levels. The training programs entail skills development ranging from network administration, coding, databases and web designs.

In spite of these rising training programs, there is still a technology training gap, as revealed by the latest stats related to high unfilled positions rate. Therefore, there is a need to go for something beyond the traditional tech training models. Using the e-learning modes to be blended with traditional room based session seems an effective way to develop not just the technical skills but also to train people on soft skills like collaboration and communication required to get success in the corporate world[4].

In recent times, the flip training room model offloads the lectures to videos, with raining time emphasized on practice, skill building and coaching, as stated by Ron Rabin, who is the senior learning technology. Virtual technologies enable learners to collaborate, problem solve and share in ways that make the learning more engaging and effective.The technology training gap is soon to be filled by implementing innovative technology based training models so as to develop the required skills in a more practical way.

[1] http://www.brookings.edu/~/media/Research/Files/Reports/2014/07/stem/BMPP_SrvySTEMskills_June25b.pdf
[2] http://www.manpowergroup.us/campaigns/talent-shortage-2015/index.html
[3] http://newsroom.cisco.com/feature-content?type=webcontent&articleId=1450825
[4] http://www.ifets.info/journals/6_1/hay.html

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Bryant Nielson – Managing Director of CapitalWave Inc.– Being a big believer in Technology Enabled Learning, Bryant seeks to create awareness, motivate adoption and engage organizations and people in the changing business of education. Bryant is a entrepreneur, trainer, and strategic training adviser for many organizations. Bryant’s business career has been based on his results-oriented style of empowering the individual.
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Bryant Nielson is heavily involved in the Corporate Training and Leadership and Talent space. He currently is the Managing Director for CapitalWave Inc and the training division, Financial Training Solutions. He brings a diverse corporate experience of organizational development, learning and talent development, and corporate training, that also includes personal coaching of top sales individuals and companies of all sizes.

For the prior 4 years, Bryant was the Managing Director and Leadership and Talent Manager for Lengthen Your Stride! LLC. In this position, Nielson was the developer of all of the courses for MortgageMae University (MMU), the Realtor Development Center (RDC), and of Lengthen Your Stride! (LYS). In that position, he developed material, refined over many years of use and active training, and condensed the coursework and training to be high impact, natural learning, and comprehensive.

Bryant has over 27 years of Senior Management experience encompasses running his own Training and mortgage firm, in New York City.

He strongly believes that the corporate training is not to be static but should ‘engage and inspire’ students to greater productivity and performance.

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