It's estimated that there are somewhere in the neighborhood of over 400,000 open IT jobs available in the U.S. At the same time as U.S. military involvement in Afghanistan and Iraq winds down, hundreds of thousands of U.S. veterans are returning to the workplace between now and 2016.
The folks at CompTIA think that once properly trained, many of those veterans will make ideal IT employees. To that end, the IT trade association is stepping up its efforts to help train U.S. veterans in the ways of IT via a new Troops to Tech Careers program.
To facilitate that effort, CompTIA is working with New Horizon Computer Learning Centers and the Department of Labor's One Stop Career Centers on pilot programs in 23 cities to give free training, certification and job assistance to our military veterans.
According to Gretchen Koch, director of workforce development for CompTIA, what's fundamentally changing is that the U.S. government is now more aggressive about funding IT training programs under the provisions of a variety of military personnel assistance programs and the general push to create jobs during a stagnant economic period. With many IT jobs not being filled, the IT sector provides a ready pool of prospective employers for military veterans once they acquire the required IT skills.
From an employer's perspective, U.S. veterans tend to make for good employees simple because they are used to working within an extended command structure that not only makes them reliable, but also savvy enough to know what it takes to complete a large-scale project. And that's not a set of core skills that can be found just anywhere.