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5 Methods to Develop a Strong IT Talent Pipeline
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5 Methods to Develop a Strong IT Talent Pipeline

Tuesday, December 1, 2020

As competition for skilled tech workers continues to grow, companies need to develop strategies to retain top talent, improve recruitment practices, and prepare the next generation of IT professionals.

1. Upskill internal talent first.


Your employees know the business better than anyone. Providing internal opportunities to upskill in tech can help build engagement and affinity as well as provide cost-savings opportunities.

2. Invest in the highest-impact learning levels.

Provide financial support for those looking to enhance needed skills and degree learning for certain fields.

3. Develop education-workforce alliances.

Institutions and industry working together can be beneficial in terms of upskilling. Seek organizations that share your company's qualities and goals.


4. Look beyond traditional IT hires.

Increase the number of viable candidates by considering employees in a range of tech-related positions, such as tech support and website development.

5. Review HR policies.

Expand the candidate pool and ensure diversity by removing barriers to hiring and offering competitive benefits such as flexible schedules.

About the Author

Raghu Krishnaiah is an innovative leader experienced at turning transformative products and business concepts into successful global companies. His career as a seasoned change agent and strategist spans more than 20 years of progressive P&L management, strategy, sales and marketing, product, operations, technology, human resources, and data-analytics responsibilities.

Krishnaiah serves as the chief operating officer at University of Phoenix, where he is instrumental in the university’s transformation and responsible for all operating strategy and results. Before joining University of Phoenix, Krishnaiah held the role of chief operating officer at Western Governors University, where he led significant growth in student learning outcomes.

Prior to Western Governors University, Krishnaiah worked as senior vice president at Kaplan Higher Education Group and has served in numerous leadership roles throughout his career overseeing large operational infrastructures at complex global organizations.

Krishnaiah earned both a bachelor of science in electrical engineering and computer science and a master of science in electrical engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), as well as a master of business administration from the Wharton School at University of Pennsylvania.

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