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It is no surprise the web development career field is growing. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that by 2020 there will be 1.4 million computer-science-related jobs available, yet only 60,000 computer science majors graduating each year, creating a vast skills gap in the workforce.
To narrow the gap, companies are investing in growth opportunities for current employees. This targeted approach to employee development has proven to be an effective investment of training dollars allocated for employee development. Though stop-gap measures to fill immediate technology skill needs is effective, Hack Reactor’s Enterprise Training seeks to expand the view of companies to a larger picture of employee growth - from hiring to continual learning.
A “life cycle approach" optimizes the best of both hiring and training - hiring the best junior developers to meet needs, then training these new employees as they and the company grow.
Jason Strand, the Enterprise Training Engagement Manager at Hack Reactor, says that companies seek to fill skills needs through both hiring and training. Strand suggests a “life cycle approach" to optimize the best of both - help companies hire the best junior developers to meet their needs, then continue to train these new employees as they and the company grow.
Hack Reactor's Employment Partners already benefit from a highly-curated approach for recruiting candidates which includes an eye for company-specific coding skills, culture fit and diversity and inclusion needs. The Enterprise Training team seeks to build on this foundation through an offering that includes assessment, onboarding, reskilling and upskilling solutions.
“Now, our partners can create entire learning paths, by role and even by individual, which means the right knowledge is in the right area of the company at the right time - an optimal situation for any company. Plus, employees stay current on what’s latest, which goes a long way in keeping them engaged in their job, which positively impacts how long they choose to stay at a company,” he says.
Just as there is a life cycle to software development - with methods that fit together in a continuous loop that help dev teams build better product faster - there’s a life cycle to training, from new hire to senior developer, with corresponding strategies for managing tech talent that can impact a company, its culture, and its business model for years to come.
Hack Reactor’s Enterprise Training team can help a company develop a life cycle approach to training. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to see how we can help.