WASHINGTON – CompTIA, the world’s leading technology association, released the following statement from CompTIA’s executive vice president for public advocacy Elizabeth Hyman on the introduction of the CHANCE in Tech Act.
“The U.S. is expected to have 1.8 million unfilled tech jobs by 2024. The deficit is not because of a lack of desire by American workers, but a dearth of workers with the necessary IT skills. If neglected, the IT skills gap will affect our country’s ability to protect national security interests and to compete economically on the global stage. The CHANCE in Tech Act introduced today will address the growing IT talent challenge by encouraging public-private funding for apprenticeship programs in the technology sector and providing students with the necessary skills to compete in the 21st Century workforce.
“While a majority of careers today require skills in science, technology, engineering and math, many IT jobs do not require an advanced college degree or years of studying and training. Apprenticeship programs can help to fill the skills gap by quickly training and preparing workers for IT jobs in the tech sector and across multiple other sectors of our economy. A recent CompTIA study found that IT professionals believe job candidates need more options to gain relevant work experience and on-the-job training. Indeed, 53 percent indicated apprenticeships for IT occupations would help to address that issue.
“The CHANCE in Tech Act will ensure that quality candidates are recruited and provide compressed and targeted training to meet specific employer needs. Additionally, secondary schools will be recognized for ensuring their classrooms are teaching the necessary skills for students to compete in the 21st century workforce.
“We are grateful to Rep. Seth Moulton, Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, Sen. Cory Gardner, and Sen. Martin Heinrich for championing this bill as well as to Rep. Mia Love and Rep. Derek Kilmer for their support. We urge Congress to pass the CHANCE in Tech Act expeditiously.”
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