Council to Address Need for Skilled IT Workers

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Washington, D.C. — Aug. 15

CompTIA, the nonprofit trade association for the IT industry, announced this month it is launching a new initiative to bring together industry, academic and government leaders to address the global need for skilled technology workers.

The announcement of the new Global IT Workforce Council was made at CompTIA Breakaway, an annual event for the IT channel.

“The council will bring together leaders from the public and private sectors to identify and promote current strategies and develop new ideas to address the need for large numbers of skilled IT workers both in the United States and in other countries,” said Todd Thibodeaux, president and CEO, CompTIA.

The council will be composed of as many as 15 members, drawn from CompTIA membership, other IT industry leaders, the academic, education and training communities and leading government advocates who share a common interest in developing new waves of IT workers. The full roster of council members will be announced later this year.

“Although many individuals and organizations are addressing the workforce issue, these efforts are often narrowly focused on immediate, short-term needs,” Thibodeaux said. “The council will take the best of these individual efforts and turn them into a broader, more unified strategy that extends beyond a single corporate boardroom or national border.”

One key message the council intends to promote is that a rewarding, long-term career in IT can be about more than just technical skills.

“While many jobs require individuals to attain a high level of technical expertise, there are many other IT-related opportunities in sales and marketing, client relations, project management and logistics,” said Elizabeth Hyman, vice president, public advocacy, CompTIA. “Attracting the best and brightest in all business areas is crucial to the long-run success of the IT industry.”

The council will focus its initial discussions on the U.S. market, but will extend its activities into other major countries around the world. “While IT is a global business, important geographic differences exist and must be addressed,” Hyman said.

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