The term skills gap refers to the variance between the performance employers desire from their workforce and what workers can or choose to deliver. CompTIA research suggests that 1 in 2 IT and business executives report that the skills gap situation at their organization has grown over the past two years. These gaps are present in every part of the IT industry but are most prominent in these 7 areas:
- Innovative technology, i.e., IOT, AI and automation
- Integrating apps, data sources, platforms and devices
- Cloud infrastructure
- Digital business transformation
- Software development
- Data management
Simply put, 87% of IT and business executives surveyed share the belief that too many workers lack the advanced skills needed for these job roles and beyond.
CompTIA partners are essential in helping to bridge these gaps by ensuring the IT training needed to perform these jobs is available and accessible to all. In doing so, we can prepare learners for challenging, fulfilling careers in tech by exposing them to the possibility of an IT career early on, while simultaneously filling the pipeline of workers needed for organizations to be successful with their digital transformation efforts.
The Goal of CompTIA’s Partner Program
Successful IT careers start with quality training and certification. The goal of the CompTIA Authorized Partner program is to provide valuable guidance and resources that help academic institutions, training organizations and government organizations prepare learners for CompTIA certifications.
“One of CompTIA’s goals as an association is to foster and grow the tech workforce. In partnership with training organizations, who participate in our Authorized Partner Program, CompTIA can get closer to achieving this goal and closing the skills gap,” said Tara Dean, senior director, business development, CompTIA.
When you partner with CompTIA you gain access to a myriad of benefits, such as:
- Partner login access where you receive advanced details on certification launches and updates (e.g exam domains and objectives)
- Exclusive usage of CompTIA's corporate, partner and certification logos
- Classroom and instructor resources
- Discounts on CompTIA learning resources and exam vouchers
- Sales and marketing support materials and research
- A dedicated business development representative that can help you ensure you’re making the most of your partnership
You Help Us Unlock Potential
At CompTIA we are all about unlocking potential, and our Authorized Partners hold the keys to preparing learners for success in the tech workforce.
There is a need to fill 1.7 million open jobs by 2026 and preparing workers with the skills they need to successfully perform these jobs is no small feat. To meet this increasing demand, CompTIA is focused on removing barriers to access and exploring more equitable avenues to develop the tech talent pipeline. Much of this is done through the work of our dedicated academic, delivery partners and government partners.
“Authorized Partners have the experience to provide examples of real-world scenarios that help learners build critical thinking skills as well as practical troubleshooting skills,” said Alan Rowland, senior director, U.S. Academic Program, CompTIA.
The Value of Certifications
Through our partnership we provide tools and resources to help you deploy turn-key curricula that teach fundamental skills in IT and cybersecurity. But once learners have learned the material, proving their skills is the next, and arguably most important step.
CompTIA certifications are among the most highly recognized and respected IT certifications in the world. For anyone who wants to work in technology, earning a certification is a great place to start. And for those that already work in tech, certifications allow you to grow in your existing career. In fact, Pearson Vue’s 2023 Value of IT Certification Candidate Report suggests that 92% of learners who earned certifications are more confident in their skills and abilities and 81% have greater confidence to explore new professional opportunities.
CompTIA certifications help to validate the knowledge and skills that learners have and show that they have initiative, are proactive, committed and resourceful – qualities that many hiring managers screen for during the interview process. That said, certified learners have a competitive edge in securing their dream tech job.
“Taking courses from trainers (teachers and instructors), that are experienced in technology as well as various teaching methods provide learners with a distinct advantage,” Rowland said.
Not only do CompTIA certifications validate a learner’s knowledge, but they are also job role-focused and equip learners with in-demand skills they need to launch, grow and advance their tech career. CompTIA ensures that learners who earn certifications will be prepared to perform tasks that are necessary in real world scenarios, in specific jobs.
Increase Your Impact
The importance of technology is growing and in today’s world you’d be hard pressed to find a job that doesn’t rely on some sort of technology. The demand for IT talent is strong and that isn’t going away anytime soon.
According to the CompTIA State of the Tech Workforce 2022, 41% of tech jobs are in non-tech companies. By including IT certification training at your organization, you create sustainable employment opportunities for students in every sector no matter where they live, while simultaneously helping to fill the tech talent pipeline with individuals equipped to help advance the industry.
Simply put, our partners make a difference in the lives of students across the globe and play a part in delivering in-demand talent to the global workforce.
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