Missouri Tech Crunch Forum to Identify Skills Gap In Local Workforce

Businesses concern about the lack of qualified IT talent while hundreds of IT specialists are unable to find employment, SLATE will have an answer

January 4, 2012 | 2 min reading time

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St. Louis Agency on Training and Employment (SLATE) and BounceBack St. Louis, in partnership with Webster University, will present a "Missouri Talent Tech Crunch Forum" designed to develop a regional strategy to help today's businesses find highly skilled IT (Information Technology) talent.

The Forum will take place on Thursday, January 12, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Webster University Graybar Campus. The Forum will consist of three parts:

  1. Session:  A moderator will facilitate a Q&A with local employers to identify their needs for IT talent;
  2. Session: A moderator will facilitate a Q&A with job seekers to gather input on their barriers to employment;
  3. Session: A moderator will present an overview of the findings.

SLATE identified over 2,900 programmers with various skill sets throughout the St. Louis region. At the same time, 6,800 job openings were posted for these same skills over the last 60 days. Last year SLATE spent over $250,000 in WIA (Workforce Investment Act) funds to skill up job seekers and to match them with various industry clusters. With limited training budget next year, SLATE is concerned about meeting the needs of employers as well as job seekers in IT.

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