Building stronger tech workforce is issue nationally and Wisconsin

By Tom Still

Young people are natives when it comes to using technology, from smartphones to tablets, and from social media to video games, but they can be aliens when it comes to working in tech jobs.

Despite the coast-to-coast glut of well-paying jobs in tech professions such as coding, cybersecurity and network management, the pipeline of potential workers is much smaller than what observers would prefer.

With experts predicting there will soon be eight information technology jobs for every qualified applicant, how does the process of training people — the workforce “supply” — keep pace with the demands of industry in virtually every sector?