Incumbent worker training can provide skills upgrades for your existing staff to encourage upward mobility through your organization wile helping create vacancies at lower, entry-level positions--which can then be backfilled with less experienced workers supported with other resources like OJTs and “scholarships.” In this way, your organization can adopt a “grow your own” approach that can allow you to promote from within while solving any potential shortage of qualified candidates with the specific experience/skills you require.
The Capital Area IT Council has partnered with the Business & Community Institute at Lansing Community College to develop an open enrollment system for offering several multi-company training programs each year. In the past the IT Council has offered training in Beginner Java Development, Intermediate Java Development, IT Project Management, CCNA, and Intro to SQL--with upcoming classes being scheduled for Advanced Java Development, Intro to XML (blended model,) Intro to .NET Using ASP, Intro to .NET Using VB, Intermediate .NET, as well as training for CISSP and Business Analyst.
In addition, the IT Council has funded vendor specific training for various Microsoft and Cisco certifications, boot-camps for VMware, and even training on different organization’s internal systems/proprietary applications.
In most cases the IT Council can fund the entire cost of the training—but each request has to be evaluated on a case by case basis and will depend on the type of training, number of individuals to be trained, cost per instructional hour, available funding, and other factors—including how the training aligns with IT Council and regional workforce development strategies. To take advantage of these training dollars, employers are also required to post appropriate job openings on the Michigan Talent Bank system, assist the IT Council with collecting participant level data, and consider using WorkKeys profiles and assessments on a pilot basis.