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IT training needed as niche tech skills peak

High-tech companies need workers skilled in both new and old IT systems.

What makes an effective employee today? While the same abilities and traits that have always been valuable - from engagement with the company's overall mission to punctuality and beyond - are still relevant to today's organizations, a new breed of skills has emerged. Soon, application training may take its place as an indispensable part of companies' strategies, spurred by the fact that technology is everywhere. A plethora of jobs, both in offices and out in the field, have become more tech-focused in the past few years, and IT training is suddenly a key part of getting the workforce ready to face today's challenges and responsibilities.

The power of skilled workers
Acquiring valuable IT-based skills is an important matter for today's employees. A Computer Weekly report from the summer quoted CBI/Pearson survey results that called for more expertise among high-tech, engineering and scientific organizations. These businesses are looking for employees who are proficient with the complex and vital systems that power their daily operations, but are having a hard time bringing in new recruits with the right mix of abilities. What's more, this doesn't seem to be a passing bubble. In the whole respondent pool surveyed, nearly seven in 10 companies across multiple industries expected they would see more need for skills in the future, not less.

"No matter the nation, software training is indispensable."

The source noted that the study underlined the importance of apprenticeships at U.K. companies. What should businesses do in countries that don't have these kinds of educational opportunities? No matter the nation, software training is indispensable.

Equipped with eLearning solutions and the related high-tech courses, firms will be able to teach skills in ways that would have been impossible with the classic classroom model. Connecting teams across a wide geographic area and giving engaging, hands-on demonstrations may speed up instruction in the skills that are powering today's organizations. With demand high and rising, these systems seem like a lifeline.

"Systems training may soon have to encompass legacy offerings."

Backward and forward in time
CIO Magazine pointed out in a recent feature that the skills gap leaders commonly think about - a lack of familiarity with cutting-edge programs - isn't the only issue affecting companies today. Legacy technology is also a challenge. As old systems pass out of common knowledge, young workers may end up dealing with systems that are less advanced than they are accustomed to, programmed in unfamiliar languages. As the previous generation of workers retires and moves on, the oldest of these frameworks may seem downright confusing. Systems training may soon have to encompass these legacy offerings in detail.

Such education has value to the employees being trained as well as the companies they work for. CIO pointed out that old-school developers able to cope with legacy solutions and leverage those unique skills are faring well in terms of salary and more. Good training in rare abilities creates workers who are in demand, and as such it may be simple for companies to find recruits for IT training that covers these topics. After all, who wouldn't want to become part of an in-demand group?

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