December 1, 2018

Finding a Workaround to the Defense Talent Shortage

By: Peter Suciu, ClearanceJobs
Source:  https://news.clearancejobs.com/2018/12/01/finding-a-workaround-to-the-defense-talent-shortage/

As the competition for cleared IT talent continues to heat up, many employers are looking to college students to combat the defense talent shortage.

The number of individuals currently waiting for security clearance in the defense sector has more than tripled over the past four years to well over half a million, according to the National Background Investigations Bureau (NBIB).  Paul Wilkinson, EVP of 1901 Group speaks with Peter Suciu of ClearanceJobs in embedding the IT skills in the curriculum at the schools.

“We need to make sure that we’re preparing students at the high school level so that they have the skills for the next wave,” said Wilkinson. “The important thing to remember is that these are not the skills that those who have 30 years in the workforce readily possess. We need to see the students of today as the untapped source of talent. So, this means reaching out to community colleges as well as universities.”

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