Why Hiring Isn’t The Answer To Your Skills Gap Problem

CEO and Co-Founder of A Cloud Guru, a tech skills development company with an online learning platform that’s teaching the world to cloud.

The cloud computing market is growing faster than ever. Fueled by the need to analyze and store monumental volumes of data — by a proliferation of applications enabling digital transformation and even by Covid-19 and remote work — thousands of enterprises are accelerating their move to the cloud. Now there’s an increasingly competitive environment demanding swift innovation.

For IT leaders, this presents the need for a lot of employees to have the ability to understand the esoteric cloud landscape. A seemingly logical solution? Hiring — investing time and resources in finding and interviewing tech-skilled workers until positions are filled. In reality, though, recruitment alone can’t solve this challenge. Instead, it will require a shift in mindset about the way global workforces mesh with tech that

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Caprice Edmond narrows funding gap between Karl Nurse in Pinellas School Board race

The funding gap between Pinellas County School Board candidates Karl Nurse and Caprice Edmond is narrowing following the most recent funding period.

Nurse only leads Edmond by $3,606 — Nurse has $8,755 cash on hand, while Edmond has $5,149.

In the most recent Pinellas County finance period, which spanned Aug. 14 through Aug. 28, Edmond led, collecting $3,915. Nurse brought in just $1,100 in the same period.

So far, Nurse has had more money to work with throughout his campaign, raising a total of $51,445 since his campaign started, including $40,000 of his own money. Edmond has raised $35,972.

As far as spending, both candidates have dished out their earnings generously. Nurse has spent $42,691 and Edmond $30,824.

This period alone, Nurse spent $11,494, most of which on printing and mailing services. Edmond spent more conservatively, dishing out $3,346 this period on an array of marketing materials.

Following the

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Manufacturers commit to bridge skills gap

Local industry has faced a shortage of skilled labour, owing to a mismatch between curriculum development for higher institutions of learning, lack of sufficient life skills and the shortage of centralized labour market information that makes it easier for the job seeker and the employer to connect.

This is despite labour productivity being essential for manufacturing competitiveness.

Kenya Association of Manufacturers (KAM) partnered with Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) to implement the Employment for Development programme, popularly known as E4D SOGA, to promote youth employment through skills development.

KAM CEO, Phyllis Wakiaga.

KAM Chief Executive, Ms Phyllis Wakiaga, noted that the programme has enabled the Association to inch closer towards achieving its vision of supporting skills-based job creation agenda and increase manufacturing sector jobs.

“Through this program, we have seen youth take up internships in various industries, with some being employed permanently. We have also seen young graduates gain

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Cybrary Survey Finds Cybersecurity Skills Gap Threatens Job Effectiveness Amidst Increasing Global Cyber Attacks

COLLEGE PARK, Md., Sept. 22, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Cybrary, the world’s largest online cybersecurity career development platform, today released the findings from the “Cybrary Skills Gap Research Survey and Report,” which examines the current challenges, perceptions, and impacts of the cybersecurity skills gap faced by IT and security teams worldwide. The survey questioned respondents about the employer contributions towards their skill development, their level of personal commitment to growing their skills, and the current level of organizational support and opportunities offered for skill development.

Cybrary surveyed over 800 IT and security professionals varying in experience, ranging from system admins to CISOs, to gather their industry insights and discovered that:

  • 68 percent of respondents report investing their own free time, outside working hours to improve their cyber skills;
  • Nearly 3 out of 4 respondents agree that skill gaps exist on their teams;
  • 65 percent of managers agreed
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Cybersecurity skills gap: How this startup aims to solve the talent crisis

In 2008, just a year after large-scale, state-sponsored cyberattacks on Estonia, NATO set up its Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence in Estonia’s capital, Tallinn, to strengthen its capabilities and improve cooperation and information-sharing among its members and partners.

Among the contractors who helped build a military-class cyber range for NATO’s cyber exercises, were IT-infrastructure and security specialists Jaanus Kink, Margus Ernits, and Taavi Must. A few years later, they decided to found a startup based on the experiences they had gained.

“We saw how useful cyber exercises are for defense teams. Once we realized that this kind of learning experience could help cyber teams around the world, we started to build RangeForce – a platform for hands-on training of cyber defenders and running cyber exercises at scale,” RangeForce CEO Must tells ZDNet.

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RangeForce provides cybersecurity training for companies of varying sizes,

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Team NEO says skills gap is driving companies to rethink requirements for entry-level jobs

IT continues to be a growth occupation in the region. Northeast Ohio saw 4,249 of 6,457 entry-level IT jobs go unfilled in 2018, according to Team NEO. The report also estimates jobs in general computing are set to grow at a rate of 5%, web developers at 7%, and software development at 10% in a period from 2019 to 2024.

As the demand for these IT jobs increases beyond the supply of college graduates, Duritsky said, companies are de-emphasizing or even eliminating the formal bachelor’s degree requirement in favor of finding candidates with relevant skills and experience.

“Increasingly where companies are having a hard time filling positions, they are starting to view the minimum education requirements differently,” he said. “There are still some examples where a bachelor’s is required, but we are starting to see some movement.”

Some companies, including Westlake-based Hyland Software, have removed the formal education requirement for

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Address skills gap, low-tech SMEs to move up FDI value chain

a close up of a computer screen: AI specialists and data scientists are, among others, in high demand. - File pic

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AI specialists and data scientists are, among others, in high demand. – File pic

COVID-19 has stemmed the flow of foreign direct investments (FDIs) worldwide. FDIs will decline by as much as 40 per cent in 2020.

Malaysia may lose as much as half of the flows of last year. For Malaysia, therefore, it is not so much the quantity but the quality of FDIs that should matter.

Accordingly, in its quest to attract the desired investments, the government has designated three catalytic and two high growth sub-sectors in manufacturing.

Manufacturing still retains the nation’s focus despite its shrinking contribution to the gross domestic product (GDP). Its share of GDP fell from 32 per cent in the 1990s to 20 per cent this decade.

This is because of the inherent competitive advantage that we have built in manufacturing since the development of the electrical

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Cornerstone Report on Skills Development Reveals Significant Confidence Gap Between Businesses and Their People


3 “Strong Buy” Healthcare Stocks With Major Catalysts Approaching

Reflecting the ultimate risk and reward, healthcare stocks are capable of delivering big returns at what feels like the drop of a hat, but investors need to be prepared for big risk, too.Unlike companies in other sectors, the survival of many healthcare players, especially when they are in the early stages, hinges on only clinical trials of their therapies or products in development and regulatory rulings, with updates on either front acting as catalysts that can send shares in either direction.So, any piece of good news can propel shares to sky-high levels. Disappointing outcomes, however, can send investors running for the hills.Given the inherently volatile nature of the space, due diligence is necessary before making investment decisions. That’s where the Wall Street pros can lend a hand, as they know the ins and outs of the industry.Bearing this in mind,

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Using AI Based Learning To Teach Solve Generation Skill Gap

As economies continue to address the fallout from COVID-19, research from the G20 network’s Think20 is discovering that the skills of those employed “no longer meet evolving market requirements.”

The G20 is an international forum for the governments and central bank governors from 19 countries and the European Union.

To help global economies address the challenges of being prepared for the digital age, the TF6 taskforce of the G20 is offering four key recommendations countries can adopt to utilize AI-based learning including:

  • Embracing and regulating industry micro-credentials;
  • Accessing government funding for workplace learning in traditional sectors and those working within the platform and gig economies;
  • Promoting immersive, interactive AI for skills development as a learning aid and not in replacement of teachers;
  • Promoting innovative technical and vocational education training (TVET) institutions with the backing of quality control and licensing bodies.

“It is evident we are on the cusp of a

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Tech and Philanthropic Leaders Launch Million Girls Moonshot to Close the Gender Gap in STEM

SAN DIEGO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The Intel Foundation and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation have joined STEM Next Opportunity Fund and the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation to launch the Million Girls Moonshot. The effort is designed to engage one million school-age girls in the U.S. in STEM learning opportunities over the next five years. The organizations will provide grant funding and in-kind resources to Mott-funded afterschool networks in all 50 states to increase access to hands-on, immersive STEM learning experiences.

“When my father, Robert Noyce, and Gordon Moore founded Intel, they built upon the experiences of their youth, where they had opportunities to build, invent, engineer and experiment. These hands-on experiences gave them a sense of initiative, perseverance and a belief that they could create revolutionary new technologies,” said Dr. Penny Noyce, founding board chair, STEM Next Opportunity Fund. “The Million Girls Moonshot will help girls from diverse backgrounds develop

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