Industry training organisation CompTIA is considering the possibility of targeting young people in secondary education with programmes and resources designed to tempt more people into ICT and channel careers.
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Speaking to MicroScope, CompTIA president and CEO Todd Thibodeaux said the programme - which is currently in the planning stage and will probably not see the light of day until at least early 2013 - would aim to identify potential candidates from Year 10 (S4 in Scotland) and upwards.
"It would be a concerted programme to support and follow them through to graduate level," he said. "We estimate the UK is 100,000 people short for tech jobs."
The organisation has just launched a number of new training options for UK channel firms, with materials encompassing hot areas such as mobile app development, cloud computing, security and managed services, and is offering a limited selection of its collateral gratis to non-members.
It will also be offering in-depth channel training workshops utilising expert instructors and peer-to-peer networking, and 45-60 minute 'Quick Start' sessions to give partners barebones advice on advancing into new business areas.
"The idea is to make this available primarily through distributors and vendor members and have them make it available to their channel partners," said Thibodeaux.