Spotlight on Workforce Innovations: Business-Higher Education Forum

May 2nd, 2017 | Posted by Alexa Magdalenski in Tech Talent Initiative - (Comments Off on Spotlight on Workforce Innovations: Business-Higher Education Forum)

By John Shaw, NVTC Research and Strategic Initiatives Manager

In a continued effort to address the talent needs of NVTC members and the Greater Washington technology community, NVTC’s Tech Talent Initiative (TTI) is partnering with the Business-Higher Education Forum (BHEF) to address the development of cybersecurity, data analytics and engineering competencies through curriculum that aligns with the skills used by government and industry practitioners, amongst other activities.

BHEF’s work focuses on three main approaches: building partnerships, strengthening talent initiatives, and identifying actionable trends and insights.

Through this multi-pronged approach, BHEF uses evidenced-based practices to meet business’ needs, correcting misalignments in a region’s workforce through strengthening efforts to develop highly-skilled, engaged professionals. These regional talent pathways help create undergraduate programs that produce a diverse pool of enabled, workforce-ready graduates with the right skills and competencies for today’s high-skill jobs.

In Greater Washington, BHEF has created the Future Cyber Leaders Program, which brings together defense sector industry leaders and government agencies to select undergrads from sponsoring defense sector organizations to participate in a seven-week program focused on cybersecurity development. BHEF has also applied its National Higher Education Workforce Initiative across Greater Washington (HEWI), and has published a case study on their work in Maryland, which shows clear results in moving the needle in developing graduates that have the needed skills and competencies to enter the cybersecurity workforce upon graduation.

NVTC’s partnership with BHEF is one part of their HEWI work in Greater Washington, and will focus on competency mapping in data analytics, cybersecurity and engineering. NVTC is taking on the role of convener, and is currently gathering practitioners for two roundtables during which practitioners will review and update existing straw man competency maps specific to data analytics and engineering, as well as cybersecurity and engineering. The data analytics and engineering session is scheduled for Wednesday, May 10 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in Reston, Va., and the cybersecurity and engineering session is scheduled for Wednesday, May 24, also from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in Reston, Va. For more information on these sessions or to participate, please contact me by clicking here: John Shaw.

We are also staging an Internship Roundtable for Emerging and Technology Fields on Wednesday, June 7 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., again in Reston, Va. This session will address how developing early professional relationships with students can give companies a competitive advantage in building a qualified workforce and will help NVTC and BHEF develop best practices for recruiting, mentoring, hiring and retaining students in high-demand tech fields. For more information or to participate for the internship roundtable, please contact me by clicking here: John Shaw.

Click here to learn more about NVTC’s Tech Talent Initiative and here to access BHEF’s published content.

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