Washington, D.C. – CompTIA today announced the launch of the Center for Tech Workforce Solutions (CTWS), a new think tank dedicated to both expanding and diversifying the technology workforce by helping every American understand that a tech career is available to them, regardless of background and educational level.
CTWS’ initial focus will be working with industry, educators, government and non-profits to achieve two goals:
Through these initiatives, CTWS can strengthen the economy by providing career paths that benefit Americans and help fill the 1.8 million tech jobs projected to be unfilled through 2024, which will strengthen both the economy and competitiveness of U.S.-based companies.
“One of the greatest challenges to the global economy is the future of the workforce. We face monumental challenges, real and imagined. Too many Americans think a tech career is out of their reach,” said David Hyman, President of the CTWS. “Our goal is to demonstrate that it is not.”
The CTWS launch comes after nearly a year of consultation with experts across industry, education, government and non-profits as well as extensive research into the challenges and opportunities facing the technology industry and the entire nation. Through its research, CTWS found that:
As part of its research, CompTIA did two online surveys, one of 1,000 Americans aged 18-34 focused particularly on the Confidence Gap and another of 2,058 Americans focused on perceptions of whether the tech industry looks like them. For more information on the research, please go to https://ctwsolutions.org/.
The research and outreach to experts positions CTWS to take an active role in shaping the future of programs designed to expand the technology workforce. “CTWS intends to tackle these issues head-on by working with educators to introduce students to technology careers at a young age, by partnering with industry groups to recruit workers of all ages, and providing the research that demonstrates why public-private partnerships that support apprenticeships and other entry points into technology are worthwhile investments,” said Hyman.
CTWS will work closely with CompTIA, which has a deep history in preparing Americans for tech careers. CompTIA has provided millions of certifications to tech workers and AITP provides resources and services for tech workers and would-be tech workers to enter the industry, grow their careers and network.
About the Center for Tech Workforce Solutions
CTWS is a 501c(3) dedicated to finding solutions that create technology career opportunities for all Americans, regardless of background or education level. CTWS partners with industry, educators, government leaders and non-profits to grow the tech workforce. For more information, please go to https://www.ctwsolutions.org/.