3 Organizations Providing Creative Tech Talent Gap Solutions
The Tech talent gap is a problem we’ve heard way too much about but what we really need is less talk about the shortage and more creative Tech talent gap solutions.
Well, hope is on the horizon, so you can save the doomsday plan for another time.
Three innovative organizations are doing something about the Tech talent gap, and these solutions just might work.
What is the tech talent gap?
The tech talent gap is the difference between the number of skilled technology professionals that employers need and the number of people available to fill those positions.
Employers need to be aware of this gap and adjust their recruiting strategies accordingly. In particular, they need to understand the skills that are in demand and how they can access those skills.
Additionally, employers should also look for alternative ways to source and hire tech talent such as tapping into organizations that are actively creating solutions to the tech talent gap.
Organizations creating solutions to the tech talent gap
While there are many organizations offering tech talent gap solutions The Girl Scouts, LaunchCode, and Bit Source are three very unique examples of creating creative solutions to the talent gap in tech.
1. The Girl Scouts
You’ve definitely heard of the Girl Scouts of the USA.
You probably bought cookies from them recently (if you’re anything like me, you might still have some Thin Mints stashed in the freezer), but you might not know that this historic female organization is providing viable Tech talent gap solutions pertaining specifically to cybersecurity.
The Girl Scouts announced plans to introduce a series of 18 cybersecurity badges for girls K-12 as an extension of their “fun with purpose” STEM strategy.
The innovative organization is prioritizing ways to better prepare its 1.8 million members for a successful future in a tech-driven landscape.
As important as sewing skills might be, we’re psyched to see this organization place less emphasis on its more gender-stereotyped badges and continue to reshape the way we think about girls and their interests.
Shockingly only 25% of the current cybersecurity workforce is made up of women, which is another Tech talent gap the group is looking to help solve through its cybersecurity initiative.
This is a great step in the right direction for a group that some may (incorrectly) think has fallen behind the times.
While the new badges won’t replace older ones, they will encourage girls to check out STEM at a younger age and hopefully result in more female Tech professionals.
Because the world definitely needs way more females to get into Tech formation.
One of the most unusual Tech talent gap solutions? Paid apprenticeships.
LaunchCode, created by Square cofounder, Jim McKelvey, believes these old-fashioned internships are the key to solving our growing Tech talent shortage. And he just might be right.
When creating Square, McKelvey tried to keep the startup in his hometown of St. Louis, MO, but found there wasn’t enough Tech talent nearby.
To solve the city’s rising unemployment rate and the lack of Tech talent, McKelvey cofounded LaunchCode with the idea that paid Tech apprenticeships could be the answer. Turns out, they are.
Simple barriers like not having the right degree or looking the part are keeping qualified workers out of the Tech industry.
LaunchCode looks to remedy these barriers by getting candidates with entry-level Tech skills guaranteed placements as apprentices, a foot in the door to an industry that can feel impossible to break into, in order to gain real-life experience, improve their resumes, and land a full-time Tech job. I
n turn, providing these apprenticeships gives companies a chance to pay less to develop an in-house Tech expert initially that they will be able to rely on fully down the road.
McKelvey’s solution is turning out to be legit. The LaunchCode program is now operating in St. Louis, Kansas City, Rhode Island, South Florida, and Seattle and they boast over 3,000+ full-time placements from their efforts. Say hello to your antiquated, yet effective Tech talent gap solution: apprenticeships.
3. Bit Source
Bit Source is the most interesting Tech talent gap solution we’ve seen yet (they may sound familiar if you’re a John Oliver fan).
The agile software and website development house takes local unemployed coal miners and teaches them how to code.
They’re confronting the Tech talent gap head-on while also tackling the displacement of fossil fuel workers as the US turns to more cost-effective and environmentally-friendly alternatives.
Basically, they’re solving the Tech talent gap problem and helping the US go green without leaving anyone behind.
Located in Pikeville, KY, the company was born out of the frustration Rusty Justice and M. Lynn Parrish felt watching their local economy plummet and out-of-work coal miners struggle to get by as their technical coal-specific skills became less needed.
The pair decided to do something to help locals find work and provide clients with the software development talent they couldn’t find anywhere in the area.
The future of Tech talent gap solutions
Tech talent gaps may be growing for now, but these organizations aren’t backing down from a little challenge.
The Girl Scouts will be a driving force in getting girls involved in STEM earlier and interested in pursuing Tech-based professions.
LaunchCode’s apprenticeships could be the key to identifying qualified Tech professionals that just need some real-world experience to get their skills up to par.
And Bit Source’s creative talent sourcing will help solve not only the Tech talent shortage but displaced fossil fuel workers as well. All in all, the future of Tech talent is looking surprisingly bright, and we couldn’t be happier to hear it.
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