IBM Joins NITAS Initiative

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IBM, the world’s largest information technology (IT) company will team with the National IT Apprenticeship System (NITAS) to enhance the skills of future product management employees.

Seventy-five IBM apprentices will be part of an initial effort using the NITAS model to validate on-the-job skills. Apprentices will receive classroom instruction in project management. Course content was developed using widely accepted industry competencies, and participants have the opportunity to immediately apply that learning to real work situations.

“It is no longer sufficient to simply deliver training and expect students to comprehend what they’ve leaned without providing a structured experience on the job,” said Terry Hansen, manager, public partnerships, IBM. “The NITAS program gives us a mechanism to track our workers’ training with industry-validated project management competencies. This assures us that workers can perform at a high level based on the training we provide.”

The NITAS program, administered by the Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) and endorsed by the U.S. Department of Labor, provides IT workers with the right skills and the on-the-job experience to make a lasting, positive impact with employers.

Employers such as IBM can add company-specific elements to their training and certification regimens, giving them the freedom to manage the program in a way that meets their unique requirements. Because the training and certification programs are tailored to match the IT skills they are looking for, employers benefit from having a more capable workforce with a high level of competency across a range of IT skills.

Another key component of the NITAS program is a Web-enabled database that stores career transcripts and the performance records of validated competencies, including training records, coaching records, hours of experience and certifications achieved for each participating worker. This information is used as credentialing criteria that enable the worker and employer to track competencies and plan for future training needs.

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