IT Skills Gap Forum: PowerPoint, Questionnaire Results, Session Summary Notes & More…

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The Center of Excellence for Information and Computing Technology held an IT Skills Gap Forum on Friday, March 22, 2013 at Bellevue College.  30 IT industry professionals were in attendance for a Center presentation as well as spending 1.5 hours answering a series of questions in smaller focus groups.  The purpose of this meeting was to obtain “real time” information from business and industry leaders about expected job growth trends over the next three to five years and to discuss workforce skills gaps that make filling job vacancies difficult for employers within the industry.

The IT Professionals completed an IT Skills Gap Forum questionnaire prior to the event.  The Center in addition to asking for some general employment data (expected hiring, areas of employment where it was difficult to find employees, etc.) asked some additional and specific questions about specific technical knowledge and skills (including soft) that were deemed important and in high demand, as well as asking what new technological developments might create new or unanticipated IT career pathways.  The Center then created a series of documents, including a “state of the industry” PPT, as well as the results from the questionnaire and the focus group Q&A to allow for a comprehensive look (with additional resource data imported) of how the skills gap and emerging trends in the technology sector might impact Washington State’s college IT programs.

NEW RESEARCH RESOURCE FOR 2014: In October and November 2013, the Center of Excellence was asked to participate in two Microsoft-sponsored webinars on IT Technology/Workforce Trends.  

Technology Trends Microsoft Academy Program 102913

Building off the 2013 information technology (IT) skill’s gap forum, the Center’s director, Maureen Majury, presented research compiled from the forum, as well as new research on technology trends, workforce demand, and the importance of soft (or, employability skills), for Microsoft IT Academy and Insight’s 2013 program.  These October 2013 webinars can be viewed, as well as a summary of the presentations highlights, by clicking on the titles.  (Note:  for the October 10, 2013 event you just need to quickly register to view them):

Microsofts Insights 2013

The following is now available to the CTC system and will be disseminated to the Workforce Educational Council (WEC) after the early May 2013 WEC meeting:  

The State of the IT Industry PowerPoint presentation which focuses on technology trends and their impact on nine in-demand IT career pathways, as well as technical knowledge and skills of prospective employees identified with associated ratings of importance and difficulty in finding.



New Technology Adoption Graph for Software Developers: Supplement to the PowerPoint Presentation





Washington State Demand by IT Career Pathway (Source: EMSI): Supplement to PowerPoint Presentation




WA State Regional Breakdown By IT Occupation (Source: EMSI): Supplement to the PowerPoint Presentation




IT Skills Gap Questionnaire Results, March 22, 2013





IT Skills Gap Focus Group Questions & Answers, March 22, 2013





Fast Track to the Future IBM Tech Trend Report 2012 (Suggested Reading)






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