While debate still continues over the extent of the digital skills shortage, Amazon has launched a program that will provide tech industry training and job placements.
Editor's Comments: Organizations must accept that the tech skills gap is real and not going away without significant effort. Those that do will be well on their way to solving the problem. Amazon is an excellent example of a company being proactive in figuring out how to get ahead of the problem.
Amazon plans to plug the digital skills shortfall by retraining armed forces veterans and disadvantaged young people in the UK.
re:Start aims to provide training and job placements for 1,000 young adults, as well as military veterans, reservists, and their spouses. The program will be focused around what Amazon describes as 'the latest software development and cloud computing technologies'.
The program is designed to address what UK companies perceive as a mismatch between supply and demand when it comes to digital skills. Speaking at an event to launch the program in London, John Goodenough, VP of technology collaboration and standards at UK-based chip designer ARM, said the company had hundreds of vacancies currently available via its website.
ARM is looking for 'a whole range of skills' that 'require digitally aware talent', particularly related to tasks needed to support its designers, such as running the firm's IT infrastructure. Read the whole article