I collaborated with TechColumbus and Metcalf & Associates on a report examining skill shortages and skills gaps in the Columbus information technology workforce. The overarching theme is that the speed of technological and business change is creating serious challenges for companies trying to match the skills of available job applicants with their business needs. Because many of these jobs are outside IT companies, this problem affects companies throughout the economy.
To address the problem, we need to forge closer linkages between business and education to ensure that training programs are relevant to current and projected needs, increase collaboration between business and contracting companies that supply their talent, grow and develop new talent within the region, and actively recruit from other regions.
The workforce analysis I undertook in support of this project is only excerpted in this report. I am planning to share my more detailed analysis here soon.