These companies are looking to coding programs and high school partnerships to provide skilled workers.
Why are they taking this approach? Jobs are being created that demand new skills and that demand requires a new approach to educating, training and recruiting workers.
The Chairman, President and CEO of IBM, Ginni Rometty called these jobs, "new collar jobs" and she described that they are getting "harder to fill". There are more than 500,000 open jobs right now in tech-related sectors and by 2020, there will be a whopping 1 million programming jobs that will need to be filled.
In 2018, IBM reported that it "intends to hire 25,000 professionals in the U.S. and will invest $1 billion in training and development of their U.S. employees. both within the next four years".
Want another bit of good news? Tech companies are now partnering with community colleges across the country to "prepare more Americans for 'new collar career opportunities'".
About half of security hiring managers want workers who have practical, hands-on experience. If you don't have it, it's a deal breaker.
Look at the opportunities that UCode has for younger kids toi learn the basic competencies of coding. Code.org has innovative programs for kids. Kode with Klossy has a scholarship program for girls aged 13 to 19.
You know how to do this. Find the opportunities that will lead you to the job of your dreams.
I have confidence in you,