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The technology skills gap is a well-known issue in American employment circles. And yet, research tends to focus on only one aspect of the problem – the shortage of hard tech skills. But there is another, perhaps even more critical dimension to the technology skills gap: the lack of applied tech skills in the workplace. For our 2017 Technology Skills Gap research, the Career Advisory Board asked hiring managers, HR professionals, and C-suite executives to reflect on the importance of applied tech skills as well as the challenges they face in recruiting and retaining tech-savvy talent. In addition to exploring the researching findings, this session will provide concrete guidance on how to recruit and develop employees with the right set of applied tech skills and how to foster a workplace environment in which applied tech skills can flourish. This session will help you:
- Understand how applied technology skills differ from hard technology skills, and why the former have become essential for every type of employee in the mid-21st century workforce.
- Learn techniques for identifying and interviewing for essential applied technology skills in applicants at all levels.
- Devise strategies for developing and updating applied technology skills in your current workforce, including formal and informal training, mentorship, and intrapreneurship.