ERIC Number: ED470370
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001-Jun
Matching IT Jobs with IT People.
Employers are experiencing difficulties filling vacancies for information technology (IT) positions because of rapid growth in the demand for IT workers, high turnover, and the unique characteristics of IT work. In response to the growing demand for IT workers, public and private education and training providers are expanding their offerings and public and private organizations are working to match jobseekers with IT job vacancies. To increase their success in meeting employers' and jobseekers' needs, these services must align more closely with employers' internal labor markets and tailor themselves to the unique characteristics of IT work and workers. Education and training providers must understand the specific enduring and perishable hard (technological) and soft knowledge and skills required for success in IT jobs. The consensus of the research is that successfully solving IT problems requires not just theoretical knowledge and abstract skills but also the ability to apply such knowledge and skills to the social and technical context of the problem at hand. Working together to create internships for students and trainees could be the first step toward more sustained partnerships between IT employers and education and training providers. The regional training consortium is a promising model for creating sustainable partnerships to integrate work and learning. (Contains 37 references.) (MN)
Descriptors: Consortia, Cooperative Planning, Coordination, Delivery Systems, Demand Occupations, Educational Attainment, Educational Needs, Educational Research, Employment Practices, Employment Qualifications, Employment Services, Information Technology, Internship Programs, Job Placement, Job Skills, Job Training, Labor Force Development, Models, Needs Assessment, Personnel Selection, Policy Formation, Private Sector, Public Policy, Public Sector, Recruitment, Regional Planning
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Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at "Making Connections in the New Economy," America's Workforce Network Research Conference (Washington, DC, June 27, 2001).