Exploring New Methods to Train and Upskill IT Talent

By Irene Birbeck ● December 21, 2020
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For lead­ers in IT orga­ni­za­tions, the COVID-19 pan­dem­ic has led to numer­ous chal­lenges in their abil­i­ty to train and upskill their IT talent.
With in-person initiatives on pause and without the ability to send professionals to conferences or onsite trainings, many CIOs are left without effective options for employee development. Yet, job demand for people with tech skills is still on the rise despite the pandemic, which means investments in training are a critical component of a talent retention strategy.

Find­ing Tech Tal­ent Out­side the IT Team

Whether they know it or not, near­ly every com­pa­ny today is a tech­nol­o­gy com­pa­ny. Many orga­ni­za­tions have train­ing pro­grams designed to intro­duce new skills to tech resources, but how many have cor­po­rate train­ing pro­grams robust enough to enable non-tech employ­ees to trans­fer their skills into junior soft­ware devel­op­er, sys­tems ana­lyst, user sup­port spe­cial­ist, or qual­i­ty assur­ance roles? The job mar­ket for soft­ware devel­op­ers con­tin­ues to grow much faster than oth­er job areas, cre­at­ing short­ages. There­fore, more com­pa­nies are look­ing for ways to trans­form exist­ing tal­ent­ed and busi­ness-savvy employ­ees to fill crit­i­cal tech­nol­o­gy positions.
"Whether they know it or not, near­ly every com­pa­ny today is a tech­nol­o­gy company."

Moti­vat­ing IT Tal­ent with Train­ing Opportunities

When it comes to select­ing reskilling options, empow­er­ing employ­ees with greater choice and align­ing resources to employ­ee inter­ests and pas­sions will help cre­ate a pos­i­tive work­place cul­ture and strength­en job sat­is­fac­tion. A peo­ple-first approach dur­ing a cri­sis can help posi­tion your orga­ni­za­tion to attract top tal­ent in the post-pan­dem­ic days to come. Addi­tion­al­ly, dif­fer­ent upskilling approach­es have dif­fer­ent out­comes and a com­pre­hen­sive tal­ent devel­op­ment pro­gram for the IT group will prob­a­bly need to include dif­fer­ent chan­nels. While you may want to hire new skills into the team to fill high­ly spe­cial­ized roles and chal­lenge your team with new think­ing or per­spec­tives, a part-time train­ing course could be a bet­ter options for upskilling tal­ent in a com­plex indus­try where under­stand­ing of the busi­ness is hard­er to acquire than new tech skills.

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Adding Soft­ware Devel­op­ment Skills to Sup­port Dig­i­tal Transformation

As orga­ni­za­tions adjust to a new norm, tech­nol­o­gy has become the crit­i­cal fac­tor in con­tin­u­ing to move for­ward while imple­ment­ing strate­gies for remote work. Com­pa­nies across indus­tries are mak­ing the change by employ­ing tech­nol­o­gy tools to main­tain pro­duc­tiv­i­ty and com­mu­ni­ty. While the IT orga­ni­za­tion is crit­i­cal to enabling expect­ed pro­duc­tiv­i­ty rates, com­pa­nies are also expect­ing the IT orga­ni­za­tion to dri­ve the accel­er­a­tion of dig­i­tal trans­for­ma­tion. Yet, the skills need­ed to sup­port a dig­i­tal enter­prise may not be what you hired your team to do five, or even three years ago. The delta between cur­rent state and what’s tru­ly need­ed is dif­fer­ent for every orga­ni­za­tion. That is why orga­ni­za­tions like Momen­tum offer bespoke, cus­tom, mod­u­lar train­ings as part-time offer­ings to help IT orga­ni­za­tions trans­form their tech skills.

"The delta between cur­rent state and what’s tru­ly need­ed is dif­fer­ent for every organization."
Anoth­er rea­son orga­ni­za­tions turn to Momen­tum is that employee’s skills don’t evolve as fast as need­ed with­out help and sup­port. Approx­i­mate­ly 70% of employ­ees report that they don’t have the mas­tery of the skills need­ed to do their jobs. Best-in-class IT orga­ni­za­tions can­not afford to let down their orga­ni­za­tion right when their skills are val­ued most. New meth­ods of upskilling your work­force are sur­fac­ing dur­ing the COVID-19 pan­dem­ic and it is impor­tant for CIOs to make sure to explore and test with the train­ing options that can help them best achieve their busi­ness objec­tives and upskill IT talent.

Arti­cle pro­vid­ed by cour­tesy of Clark­ston Consulting

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