Tech Collective’s Rhode Island Skills Gap Series focuses on the state’s high-tech, high-growth Bioscience and Information Technology industries. Over the past 14 months, we’ve delved into local and national industry data and garnered Rhode Island employer and employee insights via focus groups, one-on-one interviews, and surveys. Our findings have been compiled into two Rhode-Island specific reports:
• Why IT Works – Rhode Island Information Technology Industry Skills Study
• Bioscience – Rhode Island Bioscience Industry Skills Study (to be released Feb. 2014)
Each report comprehensively identifies workforce skills gaps at the entry and mid-levels; explores industry education and career pathways from K-12 through incumbent worker; and offers recommendations to move forward.
Our Skills Gap Series follows the release of the reports. Featuring a panel of Rhode Island leaders and stakeholders, each forum is an opportunity to discuss the findings of the reports as well as current and future initiatives the state can undertake to grow and innovate in these industries. There will be three forums per industry, each focusing on: Industry, Education, and Government. All forums will be morning sessions held on Wednesdays at Save the Bay:
• February 26th – IT Industry focus
• March 26th – Bio Industry focus
• April 23rd – IT Education focus
• May 28th – Bio Education focus
• June 12th (Thursday) – IT Government focus
• June 25th – Bio Government focus
The Skills Gap Series forums are open to the public; industry, academic, and state leaders and stakeholders are encouraged to attend. All panelists and forum details will be posted to www.tech-collective.org as announced. The full IT and Bioscience skills gap reports can also be downloaded from the Tech Collective website.
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