Tech Talent Initiative Logo - For WebBeginning in January 2018, the NVTC Tech Talent Initiative will host a series of webinars detailing how you can take advantage of the resources to support the relatively untapped talent pool of individuals with disabilities and Veterans. The webinar series will also address assistive technologies and disability etiquette. Members of your human resource, facilities operations, talent acquisition, diversity and inclusion, training, compliance, and legal departments are encouraged to participate.

Jan. 18: Recruiting, Hiring and Training Individuals with Disabilities
12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Kathy West-Evans, M.P.A, CRC, Director of Business Relations for Council of State Administrators of Vocational Rehabilitation (CSAVR), will offer information on affirmative action strategies to assist businesses in recruiting, hiring and training individuals with disabilities and Veterans into their workforce. Register here.

Feb. 15: Office Ergonomics, Universal Design and Assistive Technology
12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Paula K. Marin, OTR/L, Assistive Technology Specialist with CPID, will discuss office ergonomics, universal design and assistive technology within the IT field. Register here.

March 15: Diversity at Work and Disability Etiquette
12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
LaPearl Smith, Business Development Manager with the Department for Aging and Rehabilitation Services, and Diana McBride, Business Relation Specialist with the Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired, will provide information on diversity at work and disability etiquette. Register here.

Learn more about the Tech talent Initiative’s workforce resources and participation opportunities here.

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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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NVTC Launches Infographic Series

August 2nd, 2016 | Posted by John Shaw in Research | Tech Talent Initiative - (Comments Off)

Did you know corporate ransomware cost companies $24 million in lost profits in 2015? Or that 55% of technology sector openings in Virginia are in cybersecurity?

These powerful cybersecurity statistics are just some of the data highlighted in NVTC’s newly published series of infographics, white papers and reports addressing important and trending industry topics. The first infographic in this series focuses on cybersecurity and highlights workforce issues, cybersecurity incidents and funding in our region. Access the cybersecurity infographic at this link:
http://www.nvtc.org/documents/resources/NVTC_Cybersecurity_Infographic_July_2016.jpg

In addition to infographics, future published items will include white papers and reports. Research topics under consideration include:

  • Skill gaps and pain points in the IT workforce
  • Regional economic snapshots, including an analysis of the impact of data centers on Virginia’s economy
  • Big Data and analytics
  • Cloud computing
  • Health technology
  • Human capital development
  • Innovation
  • Agile development and DevOps
  • Business development best practices
  • Networks and telecommunications
  • Governance
  • Mobility
  • Privacy and security
  • IT modernization
  • Open data
  • Leveraging the millennial workforce
  • Financial management systems
  • Acquisition and procurement
  • Emerging technology

Our first in-depth research project involves identifying and quantifying the skill set needs of the region’s technology employers, comparing those needs to the current workforce, and proposing changes that should be made to address any gaps. It will include a detailed analysis of talent pipeline issues, recommend training and certifications needed to upskill the workforce to help close the gap, provide needs assessment results to educators and training institutions and recommend actions to improve the regional workforce pipeline moving forward. The first part of this project is scheduled to be published in late October 2016.

Sponsorships for the infographic series, in-depth research projects and other NVTC research activities are now available. Please contact Yolanda Lee at YLee@nvtc.org for more information.

Is our list missing any issue areas you’ve been experiencing ? We want to hear your ideas – please contact me at JShaw@nvtc.org to discuss potential projects and areas of research.

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