CompTIA, the Computing Technology Industry Association, has announced an agreement with the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) and other organizations to develop and utilize the over-50 working population. The new coalition, which will be called the Alliance for an Experienced Workforce, is designed to deal with the projected shortfall of skilled workers in the United States in the next decade and beyond.
“From 2006 on, it’s hiring time,” said John Venator, CompTIA president and CEO. “By 2012, more than 21 million new jobs are expected to be created in the United States. What’s really interesting and kind of scary is that 17 million new workers will enter the workforce. Many of these new jobs will be in the technology field. There’s basically a skills gap there, and that’s one reason why CompTIA’s been so aggressive. That’s why we’re so excited about this AARP program. It’s fits in perfectly with some of our objectives, and we’re very pleased that AARP recognizes that IT is an area where a lot of senior workers can be reskilled and brought into, or might be in it currently and be able to upskill into new careers.”
Venator predicted that many older workers would be employed in non-traditional means such as part-time, flexible-hour arrangements or job sharing. He also suggested that they could make up a significant part of the gap between available workers and job growth in areas such as networking, database, apps development, project management and support. “Help desk and user…
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