Bridging the IT Skills Gap with Online Training

Bridging the IT Skills Gap with Online Training

There’s an expanding IT skills gap developing between college graduates and employers who require technically skilled talent. Unfortunately, American colleges and universities are getting a failing grade when it comes to preparing IT professionals for the demands of the workforce. The skills gap is partially due to graduates earning degrees like History, Psychology and Performing Arts instead of technology and computer science, according to Sourcing Director Adam Wiedmer at Seven Step RPO. In addition, those who do earn technical degrees graduate with only basic skills and find that most of their training happens after they’ve already accumulated huge debts in college.

Today, online training providers are bridging the IT skills gap by offering certification training. These certifications demonstrate to employers that an applicant has the required skills to perform the job. Flexibility is another reason for the growing demand for online training. Students no longer have to go to school full-time, pay thousands of dollars and take non-major credits to graduate. Rather, certifications are usually completed in a matter of a few months and sometime in just weeks at fraction of the cost. Here are a few online training solutions that are bridging the IT skills gap.

E-reading

E-reading has been around for quite a while and is the simplest form of certification training. Students learn by reading digital text-books and taking quizzes and practice exams. Students can train anywhere they have a digital devise. This type of training requires a lot of self-discipline and the ability to research ideas and concepts without the aid of a live instructor. The main benefit of e-reading is affordability.

On-demand Training

On-demand training is by far the most popular training method for IT professionals. Students learn by watching instructor led training (ILT) videos, performing tasks and taking quizzes and practice exams. On-demand training providers like, KnowledgeNet: The Live Learning Company, also provide live student mentors. This gives students the ability to discuss complex issues with a live mentor through a chat window. On-demand training benefits include flexibility, affordability and an ILT experience.

Virtual Labs

Virtual labs are relatively new to online IT training. Students get virtual access to real servers, routers and switches and are able to perform real-world tasks. In addition, a study guide is included to walk students through complex operations. While most IT training provides a theoretical perspective, virtual labs provide a practical environment where students take the lessons learned in class and apply it to live equipment.

Live Online Training

Live online training combines live instructors with a virtual classroom. While student still need to adhere to set schedule, there is no need for travel. In addition, companies like KnowledgeNet: The Live Learning Company provides university style IT courses where students attend class on a much lighter schedule than traditional boot camp style courses. Live online courses work well for those who require a schedule to stay on task and prefer live learning environments.

While employers are struggling to find qualified, technical talent, online training providers are bridging the IT skills gap. Those who are interested in learning more about these training methods are encouraged to visit knowledgenet.com or call (877) 797-2799.

Tom Hurst has been working in the information technology industry since 2008, and is currently writing engaging and informative articles about his experiences. Hurst also enjoys a life outside of IT that includes hunting, fishing and music composition.

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