MINNEAPOLIS, Nov. 2, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- IT consulting firm York Solutions today introduces its Barriers to Entry Program (B2E), a program designed to help veterans, stay-at-home moms and other under-represented individuals prepare for and secure work in IT project management. The company will hold its first training session for prospective consultants beginning November 7, 2016, in Minneapolis.
"We are a veteran owned company, so we are keenly aware of the hardships that face our veterans as they try to re-enter the workforce. The challenges among stay-at-home moms have been well publicized, as well," said Richard Walker, CEO of York Solutions. "Through our Barriers to Entry Program, we want to help these individuals overcome the obstacles they may face as they seek employment by providing them with comprehensive hands-on training to prepare them for an IT consulting career with us."
Walker adds that the data is clear in terms of the need for employment assistance among veterans and stay-at-home moms as well as the need for skilled IT professionals.
- According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2015, the unemployment rate among the nation's 3.6 million post-9/11 veterans was 5.8 percent. Closer to home, the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs reports that between 2010 – 2014, 19,189 of Minnesota's 355,366 veterans—5.4 percent, were unemployed.
- A 2010 study by The Center for Talent Innovation found that 31 percent of women left their jobs at some point—75 percent to care for their children, and approximately 90 percent wanted to re-enter the workforce at some point in the future. And, a Pew Research Center analysis of Current Population Surveys found that in 2012, six percent of stay-at-home moms stated they were home with their children because they were unable to find a job.
- A 2016 Harvey Nash/KMPG CIO survey found that there are 11 technology skills in short supply, including everything from software development to IT strategy to big data analytics. Second on the list was project management.
"The data clearly supports our decision to launch the Barriers to Entry Program and to place qualified individuals in IT project management consulting positions," said Silvia Hinton, vice president of York's Barriers to Entry Program. "Without question, there are members of our communities who want and need work but can't find it, and there are companies in need of skilled technology professionals to continue to drive their business success. We look forward to having a positive impact on both the individuals and companies we'll serve through our B2E program."
No prior IT experience or advanced technical knowledge is required to participate in the Barriers to Entry Program. Participants in the program receive a paid hourly salary starting when their intensive three-week training program begins. They also receive mentoring, coaching, career advice, business communication training, and an opportunity to join York's Project Management Office consulting practice.
To learn more about York Solution's Barriers to Entry Program, visit www.yorksolutions.net/services.
About York Solutions
Founded in 1991, York Solutions is an IT consulting firm that provides clients with custom resource solutions, including staff augmentation, a managed service staffing solution, and the Barriers to Entry Program, to successfully complete their IT projects. York prides itself on creating a true partnership approach with its clients and consultants that fosters a long-term, trust-based relationship and providing creative, cutting-edge IT solutions to help companies achieve business, technology, and operational goals. To learn more, visit www.yorksolutions.net.
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