Tech companies are rapidly realizing that short courses taken by young learners and even high school leavers to gain relevant qualifications are a solution to finding skilled technology workers that are in short supply. Businesses are having trouble finding skilled workers, and with such a diverse and growing tech stack this is becoming more of a problem.
Many global businesses are making funds available and investing in programmes to help upskill young learners to help them get technology jobs without academic qualifications like a degree or master's but instead through short-term training programmes.
In a rapidly changing education and technology career world, short courses provide flexibility and affordability to everyone. Not only do they allow learners to study in a fraction of the time and cost it would take to study for an academic qualification, but they also provide the knowledge and skills that tech companies so desire and therefore are helping to get candidates into positions of suitable employment soon after completion.
For the student, they get access to well-paid technology jobs sooner. With rising education fees, short courses are also a better solution to keep costs down and debts at bay. And for the employer, they get to recruit employees with relevant skills that can be applied to the job.
Short courses offer a broader variety of subjects so there is something of interest for everyone. A long college or university degree is not to everyone’s tastes nor has the variety to keep many tech-savvy people captivated. There’s little surprise that Computer Science degrees have the highest dropout rate - 9.8%.
Short courses also help learners decide what career paths to choose or find out what interests them leading to career longevity. This benefits organizations with lower attrition rates and employees who have a genuine desire to work hard and do well.
Relevant short courses lead to employment
When looking at the bigger picture, the more people that are in employment, the better the economy.
Not everyone can get into, pay for, or do well in school, college, or university, meaning a huge spectrum of candidates will never get a foot in the door. Most people without academic training think they don’t stand a chance in many organizations and likely won’t even apply. The education model that has been in place for the last 40 years certainly does not work for everyone. This is especially true for students whose families cannot afford education or people on the neurodiversity scale who feel that they can’t learn through traditional methods.
In the past, many employers took inexperienced workers and then trained them for better jobs as they got older, but that model is costly and takes far too long to get the right skills needed for today’s technology. Now, businesses are in need of well-trained workers and so are recruiting employees directly from places like Next-Gen. Students get trained and upskilled much faster than via universities and organizations have much faster access to graduates with carefully tailored competency profiles. This in effect supports business capabilities and promotes stronger growth overall.
Short courses also take less time to put together, so if there’s a new field that’s lacking skilled workers, to fuel new innovations, short courses get the person there so much quicker than an academic course and the skills are much more practical.
Tech is evolving how we facilitate short courses
Unfortunately, we do still live in a world where if two people with the same skills apply for a job, the company is likely to hire the one with academic qualifications. But this is changing and is certainly already different within the tech sector. Even experts who believe it is beneficial to have formal training admit that there are reasons not to attend college or university.
With changes in technology and the internet, such as with Web3, it’s easily possible to create new education and career ecosystems that work in synergy, not just as separate entities. Take blockchain technology; organizations can offer DAO-based grants on short courses with a specific purpose and with specific goals to educate and recruit workers in months; qualifications, skills and work history can be stored on a personal NFT where records can be accessed and verified by employers in seconds reducing the time it takes to do due diligence.
If more tech companies start to recruit practically aiming for recruits with short course qualifications and not just as a result of age-old traditions, the world might be a better place, and for them, they will find skilled workers that are in short supply.
What we do know… the optimal outcome is for all individuals to have options and that all of those options lead to a decent job or chosen career.
Next-Gen provides a broad selection of short courses that are relevant to businesses and offer faster access for employers to recruit skilled workers. We are on a mission to build an all-inclusive workforce - creating a framework for inclusion and commitment. The best brains for the best jobs.
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