How do we train for the future? Part 1

Information Technology

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Matthew Poyiadgi, European VP, CompTIA discuss how we train the next generation of IT professionals, both for the specific challenges we face and to make the most of technologies we haven’t even dreamed of yet.

“We should not get carried away. We need to continue teaching skills that businesses say they need today. Computers still need building, securing and connecting. Tablets, smartphones, and the plethora of bespoke technology used by different sectors, all still need integrating into existing systems.

That said, whilst dramatic change isn’t instant, it may be pretty quick, and we need to make sure we are ready. We need two approaches to training; a short term one which trains in current and emerging skills and a longer term one which equips IT professionals with the skills they will need for life.

The short term approach means working closely with industry to identify what technologies they are using and what they plan to use, and develop training based on these. Right now this is probably cloud and tablets; in five years it could be completely different. Once these new technologies reach the tipping point whereby they can deliver serious business impact for a reasonable cost, then we need to work with the experts in these areas to develop the necessary training and certification.

Industry training can only really teach the technologies of the moment, and whilst these will provide an underpinning for some time, staying up to date means lifelong learning. However, this doesn’t mean training can’t equip people with broader skills that will always be needed. I will discuss this in my next blog.

The CompTIA EMEA Member Conference will include a session on how we train and motivate the next generation of IT professionals

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