The meeting objectives were:
- Review what’s really happening in the tech job market and how is may be influencing career education programs and student employment
- Share how BayICT partners are responding to the trends
- Discuss opportunities to collaborate in those responses
The agenda began with partner announcements (see the meeting recordings for more details):
- AWS is offering an instructor’s AI/ML bootcamp April 15-29. Registration is open. Successful completors receive a $1200 stipend and CE credits. See the chat transcript for important links.
- CSM has begun its 5th cohort for the Cloud Foundations AWS certification. (Over 100 students have completed.) Coming fhis summer: Cloud Architect
- Introduction to the East Bay / Inter-Agency Training Council (EB/IATC) and opportunities for employer/workforce development collaboration.
The meeting presentation reviewed the following:
- The jobs, people, and programs being impacted
- Pandemic and post-pandemic influences
Takeaways and next steps from the ensuing discussion were:
- Every organization, regardless of sector, requires tech talent. Place more focus on tech jobs in non-tech companies and organizations
- Identify the organizations with the need, raise awareness of how we develop the talent they require, and develop workforce dev partnerships
- Internships and apprenticeships lead to jobs but employers are unwilling to make the investment
- Identify and pursue funding to fully or partially pay interns and apprentices
To take action, we recommend forming two special interest groups (tech jobs in non-tech orgs & funding pay for internships/apprenticeships) that can meet to continue the discussion and exploration into solutions. If you’d like to participate in one of these BayICT SIGs, please reply to this email.