The National Network is building on its efforts to define and communicate the core skills needed in today’s workplaces – this time looking to the always hot IT sector.
Recently, the National Network and CompTIA’s Creating IT Futures Foundation partnered to develop the Common Information Technology (IT) Employability Skills framework, which defines the most prominent and in-demand IT skills needed across technology-driven industries. The framework provides a roadmap for learning providers, students and workers to understand what really matters in the IT job market, which includes career opportunities in nearly every economic sector.
This skills framework comes as IT grows as an ever more important business function in companies across all sectors. From front-line retail and manufacturing to financial services and health care, employers are recruiting individuals with foundational IT skills.
This is especially important as the infusion of technology and the global move toward digitalization affect all aspects of business. According to a CompTIA study, 87 percent of surveyed businesses across a mix of industries expect IT to increase in importance over the next two years.
Unfortunately, many of these companies face an IT skills gap, with 91 percent of surveyed hiring managers indicating a shortage of IT skills in the labor pool.
The Common IT Employability Skills framework includes entry, intermediate and advanced level IT skills, with a focus on the advanced level skills that cut across high-growth industry sectors. The framework also lists skills in order of importance, so hiring managers know which skills to prioritize when recruiting for IT positions.
Learn more and download the Common IT Employability Skills here.