Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24 Page 25 Page 26 Page 27 Page 28 Page 29 Page 30 Page 31 Page 32 Page 33 Page 34 Page 35 Page 36 Page 37 Page 38 Page 39 Page 40 Page 41 Page 42 Page 43 Page 44 Page 45 Page 46 Page 47 Page 48 Page 49 Page 50 Page 51 Page 52 Page 53 Page 54 Page 55 Page 56 Page 57 Page 58 Page 59 Page 60 Page 61 Page 62 Page 63 Page 64 Page 65 Page 66 Page 67 Page 68 Page 69 Page 70 Page 71 Page 72 Page 73 Page 74 Page 75 Page 76 Page 77 Page 78 Page 79 Page 80SPRING 2017 | CompTIAWorld 37 CompTIA’s Creating IT Futures non-profit program IT-Ready aims to prepare 5,000 individuals, such as this student, for successful tech careers by 2018. Why Such a Gap? The fast pace of the innovative tech industry means new best prac- tices and basic knowledge every few years. If your company isn’t empha- sizing training and fully utilizing employees’ skills, you will eventually fall behind. But what about new hires? CompTIA research shows that 8 out of 10 companies are currently seeking qualified IT professionals. The reality is there just isn’t enough talent out there to fill the IT indus- try’s existing needs – let alone its future needs. That’s why CompTIA members are exploring new training ideas and setting up apprenticeships and education initiatives. It’s all about expanding the pipeline. The association itself is taking action as well. Creating IT Futures, the IT workforce charity founded by CompTIA, leads its national IT-Ready career program from its office in Edina, Minnesota. The program pro- vides eight weeks of full-time techni- cal and soft-skills training at no cost to participants who are unemployed or under-employed individuals. Grad- uates then sit for the vendor-neutral CompTIA A+ certification exam. Certified graduates are placed into on-the-job work experiences with local employers. Combined with its partners in the IT-Ready Network, already more than 1,000 people have been trained and more than 90 percent have been placed in IT jobs either as apprentices or full-time hires, and Creating IT Futures is on a mission to train another 4,000 people by 2018. Angel Piñeiro ASI CompTIA ITSS Community