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Red Hat Helps Fill the IT Knowledge Gap

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Red Hat Helps Fill the IT Knowledge Gap

The unemployment rate for IT professionals is essentially zero — and Red Hat is further helping to supplement the learning of college students and beyond.

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Thanks to Ken Goetz, V.P. Global Training Services at Red Hat for sharing with me how Red Hat is supplementing the learning of college students and beyond.

Initially, Red Hat focused on training its installed base; however, as they saw clients having trouble finding the skills and talent to implement digital transformation strategies, they began building an open-source IT learning ecosystem.

They did this by providing more content on more broad learning platforms. Over the past 18 months, more than 100,000 students have viewed four introductory courses that are three to four hours each. Every student that’s trained on the fundamental concepts of a platform can learn more with additional courses.

Courses are now available on massive open online course (MOOC) platforms like edX. Red Hat shares their fundamentals courses, as well as a Kubernetes/containers course, with “hands-on” components. More than 11,000 students have taken advantage of these courses in the last two months.

Red Hat is also partnering with more than 500 academic institutions to provide next-generation IT skills to college students through a program called Red Hat Academy (RHA). RHA has year-over-year growth of 363% and 47% growth just in the past quarter. These are for-credit courses that help students get hired after they graduate since they have the in-demand skills employers want.

The unemployment rate in IT is effectively zero. Red Hat works with colleges and universities to build curricula aimed at teaching skills employers demand. They have a set of courses institutions can choose from and provide teachers free access to training and certification so they know what their students will be expected to know.

Red Hat’s certifications in Linux and cloud are all performance-based, whereby the student must interact with the software systems directly and take the appropriate action. This ensures students that complete the certification can go into a prospective employer having completed training with a performance-based exam where content is updated regularly.

Given the high growth of Linux and open source, Red Hat is piloting programs at the high school level. They are also using Udemy and YouTube in addition to EdX.

Digital transformation requires skills and cultural transformation. Based on a study conducted by IDC, if 1.5% of a project budget is spent on training, the probability of project success grows from 50 to 80%. As such, the more hard and soft skills team members have, the greater the likelihood your company will be able to successfully make the digital transformation.

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