Tech associations from across North America are developing apprenticeship programs and youth engagement initiatives to reinforce their local talent pipelines.
Leaders of these groups from the United States and Canada are gathered in Madison this week for the 2019 TECNA Summer Conference. Membership for the Technology Councils of North America includes more than 22,000 companies, and speakers said many of the employers they represent are struggling to fill positions.
“We just don’t have enough talent, and we don’t have enough workers,” said Gov. Tony Evers, who addressed attendees yesterday at Epic’s corporate campus near Madison. “In Wisconsin, I would say most people look like me and are about my age. That’s a problem.”
Evers said the state could prepare all 860,000 of its public school students to be “college- and career-ready to the highest achievement level possible,” and still have hundreds of thousands of jobs left vacant.