May 24, 2021
Round Rock’s business climate has remained strong and is expected to remain strong for the foreseeable future. The community, however, must continue to address the worsening labor shortage problems. Without a broad and skilled workforce, the continued growth of our community and economy will be halted or, even worse, paralyzed.
A strong learning ecosystem is one way to help meet the work needs of Round Rock. Apprenticeships are essentially a training and development tool that allows employees to learn in a work environment while providing the employer with the ability to assess the long-term viability of the employee in the company. This “win-win” situation offers an ideal opportunity to grow the overall talent pool, while ensuring that employees adapt well to an employer. Apprenticeship programs are no longer limited to the traditional blue-collar industries that many may be familiar with. Today, apprenticeship programs are opportunities to train the future workforce of all industries.
One such program is with one of our educational partners, Austin Community College (ACC). ACC has been awarded a Department of Labor (DOL) learning scholarship, the Texas is IT Learning Scholarship (TXIT). ACC has committed to enrolling 350 program participants in the IT / IT industry during the term of the grant, and is looking for companies in the Austin area to join as a learning partner.
TXIT will train 5,000 participants in learning and pre-learning programs over a 48-month period focusing on unlicensed “new adult” workers. The college will help business partners build a learning path for middle- and higher-skilled jobs focused on training and employing unemployed, underemployed, and tenured IT workers; military veterans and families; underserved populations, including women and people of color.
ACC learning occupations include:
The Chamber is always looking for innovative learning programs to share with our business investors. If you have information about other such programs in Round Rock, please contact us.
This press release was produced by the Round Rock Chamber. The opinions expressed are those of the author.