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Apprenticeships are the key to bridging IT skills gap in India

It’s a known fact that Apprenticeships, Trainings can help to cut the shortage of skilled IT workers and help companies keep pace with demands for new apps and services for their employees and customers. But the question falls back on how effectively are we doing it and how judiciously the apprentices are following it?

As companies have increased their dependency on software and need more IT support, there is a corresponding increase in demand and competition for a limited pool of skilled, trained IT staff.

Being in the IT ecosystem we estimate that there are nearly 500,000 computing jobs open right now and more than 50,000+ computer science graduates entered the workforce last year.

As verticals expand there will also be more than one million+ unfilled technology jobs by 2024, which includes an estimated 800,000+ looming IT worker retirements.

So how well are we prepared for addressing this gap?

Primarily to shrink the IT skills gap, the industry must create technology career pathways and also build a holistic pipeline to grow the workforce over the long term. While IBM has already charted plans for 'new collar' jobs, the other players are yet to join the tribe and we are observing their strategic developments on this initiative.

IBM has also pledged to provide at least 450 apprenticeships over the next five years. This has created create hopes in thousands of IT apprenticeships as IBM has created more than 15+ different types of apprenticeships across software engineering, data science and analytics, cyber security, mainframe system administration, creative design and program management areas where we provide reskilling programmes to our corporates at large globally.

IBM understands that more talent is required to work in a dynamic IT products line, as well as work in its services business simultaneously and their new collar job program promises just that which is a win-win for both employees and vendors in the value chain as we seek to train and hire skilled workers faster and the skilled worker can work on what he likes.

We are glad to partner with IBM on this approach as a global training partner and look forward to share their ideology to our stakeholders at large.

Working together with IBM means e-learning being made available faster. Programs such as the IBM-SPVC(Self paved visual classes)model can help both employers and employee as they provide an avenue to obtain training in areas people are passionate about, and that could secure their financial and professional futures.

Second, the programs help address the IT skills gap and expand their knowledge in the workforce or in areas of need for enterprise IT workers.

While Apprenticeships are common in many trades, but not in the IT sector. But organizations, such as IBM are creating opportunities to use apprenticeships to address the so-called IT skills gap.

Knowledge and Delivery Partners like us should promote this to our customers at large to better themselves. Only then will it become not just a promising but also a successful model.

Caution: Vendors please understand that it is about filling software development needs

Like so many companies that face the IT skills gap. IBM particularly wanted software engineering and application development talent to be areas of focus. Till date IBM’s apprenticeship campaign has brought in a lot of positive buzz in the market along with their New Collar Initiative.

As an agnostic vendor and a thought leader in the IT space, I firmly agree that apprentices must prove their competency in a variety of skills related to their chosen specialty.
Eg: For a developer, these skills could include private cloud, hybrid cloud, front-end development, back-end development, DevOps and more.

Anecdote: A software engineering apprentice Mr. Ryan Reed a software engineer apprentice is a former firefighter and paramedic who left the field after job-related injuries and surgeries took a toll on his health.
However, a passion for technology since high school and a desire to learn made him jump at the IBM apprenticeship opportunity, and he feels right at home. What are your views on IT Apprenticeship model in India? Look forward for your valuable comments

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