Whilst the dreaded 'Mainframe Skills Crisis' has turned out to be a bit of an urban legend, the fact remains that a significant percentage of the mainframe workforce will be retiring in the next five to ten years. Although IBM’s Academic Initiative is helping more Universities and Colleges to offer mainframe skills, only a few offer a comprehensive mainframe computing curriculum that can produce graduates ready to walk into a mainframe job.
The mainframe computing industry will need to hire a significant number of personnel to run their mainframe systems over the next few decades. Having a structured, comprehensive, readily available mainframe training program available for all levels of mainframe computing personnel is as important to your organisation as having the mainframe systems themselves.
This mainframe training requirement is just as applicable in any other industry. Successful organisations the world over recognise the advantages of investing in continual professional development for their staff. Education and training needs to be woven into day-to-day activities at all organisational levels yet achieving this in the face of time and budget constraints can be challenging.
With Interskill Learning, it’s never been easier or more affordable!
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Creating your next generation workforce is not a compartmentalised issue nor a technical expertise problem. Many retiring specialists, particularly those working in application development, will have built up a huge library of functional knowledge from estimating, writing high level and technical designs, problem solving, carrying out Integration testing, responding to customer's requests, leading projects and many other tasks required in their role.
If you stop and think about it, this knowledge is more important than their technical expertise. It is the disappearance of this functional knowledge of your business systems that will give you the biggest headaches and cause your organisation the greatest difficulties. A coordinated approach to knowledge transfer and the development of a new knowledge documentation scheme will enable new starters to get a grip of the system fundamentals of your organisation.
Interskill’s Mainframe Presenter Series offers a tool to enable effortless documentation/archiving of all of the knowledge and experience of your senior mainframe personnel, producing it in a training format available for ongoing use by the organisation.
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