Creating a Pipeline for Hot Tech Jobs


A partnership between Cognizant and Per Scholas provides a free IT training program creating pipeline for tech jobs.

Today, surveys show that up to 90% of chief executive officers believe there is a technology skills gap in the emerging workforce. As a result, companies are seeking public-private partnerships to help find new solutions to address this challenge. As the use of technology continues to grow and evolve, businesses are struggling to find qualified candidates to fill jobs, in areas such as software engineering and networking, and  don’t have the training and infrastructure to meet this demand in a timely manner.

Recently, two companies have come together to provide a free IT training program that creates an employment pipeline for in-demand technology jobs, connecting companies with the creative and determined candidates that can meet the demand if given the right resources to learn. Cognizant, a Fortune 500 global provider of business and technology services, is partnering with Per Scholas, a national nonprofit. Per Scholas works with businesses to design industry- and job-specific courses based on employers’ tech talent needs for individuals in lower-income communities.

The new IT training program introduced in the Spring features two tracks: Quality Engineering and Application Value Management. Both are comprised of eight weeks of skills training, hands-on experience, workplace exposure, as well as career counseling and connections to potential employers. For this program, as many as 650 New Yorkers will participate in the training and at least half of the trainees will be hired by Cognizant to fill their open tech sector positions.

The Quality Engineering track will prepare students to understand, analyze, and troubleshoot business and technical requirements. Trainees will use leading programming tools, scripts and methodologies, such as Java Script and Selenium, to automate testing for web applications and mobile apps.

Taking engineering to the next level, the Application Support Management track will teach students how to manage and improve business solutions by following Cognizant’s proven engagement lifecycle stages—Solution, Transition, Execution, and Transformation, students will learn project management skills and other business efficiency standards. 

New Jersey-based Cognizant is one of the world's leading professional services companies, transforming clients' business, operating, and technology models for the digital era. Their unique industry-based, consultative approach helps clients envision, build, and run more innovative and efficient businesses.

With partnerships like this, communities across the country are strengthening their workforce and preparing to flourish within the new digital generations to come.

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