Women in Technology

February 21st, 2014

women in technology As many of us know, there are several careers that seem very skewed with being held by one gender or the other.   While we may strive for complete gender equality, there still seems to be some careers that are laden with women while others are full of men.  In the area of Information
and Communication Technology, the number of female employees appears to be relatively low.

Let’s take a look at some statistics.

-  Women hold 19% of CIO positions at Fortune 250 companies, while about 11% of Fortune 500 executives are women.

-  Women comprise 34% of web developers; 23% of programmers; 37% of database administrators; 20% of software developers; and 15% of information security analysts.

-  Women hold 11% of executive technical roles at privately held, venture-backed companies.

-  Women comprise 7% of tech company founders and successful startups have twice as many women in senior roles than unsuccessful companies.

-  The gender pay gap for computer programmers is smaller (women make 7% less than men) than it is for other professional occupations, including attorney (women make 13% less than men) and accountant (women make 24% less than men.)

-  If you are curious about the breakdown of ethnic or racial groups among women in the ICT field, only 3% are African-American, 4% are Asian, and 1% is Latinas.

-  Interestingly, one study found that almost 50% of women felt that companies do not spend enough time addressing diversity, as compared to less than 20% of men feeling this way.

There is much debate as to why there are fewer women in ICT roles than men.  Some feel that the lack of active engagement with young women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) areas from early on is to blame.  Others claim that there is a lack of interest in engineering and ICT careers among women and a low percentage of women choose to pursue training or degree programs in the ICT areas.  Still others feel like the ICT field is unwelcoming towards females in general.

Whatever the case may be, this gender gap creates a great opportunity for women wishing to enter the ICT field.  If you are a woman who is looking to increase your marketability in the workforce, choosing a career in the ICT industry can be a smart path. And, Gatlin International is a great place to look for online training in this field.  Gatlin International offers a wide variety of distance learning courses to meet the needs of just about every ICT training desire.

We invite you to visit the Gatlin International Course Catalog and click on the IT and Software Development link.  From here you can view our vast array of ICT course offerings in software, hardware, networking, digital design, and programming.  Help fill the gap of women in the ICT field by enrolling in technology career training with Gatlin International today!

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Need Workforce Skills? Online Training is the Answer

February 18th, 2014

The BBC recently reported that the EU Commissioner for employment, Laszlo Andor, characterized the schooling and training systems as not being robust enough for a 21st century competitive economy.  While this news may be troubling for employers, individuals seeking to enter or advance in the workforce are given a clear indication that adding to your skillset is one key to success.

Andor visited various sites in south Wales after hearing reports on concerns about education and skills and indicated to the BBC’s Wales at Work program that this shortage of skills in the workforce was a problem widespread in the UK.  The Welsh government is aware of the importance of literacy and math skills and has been using £4billion of EU structural funds to make improvements since 2000.  An additional £2bn will be available this year, targeted at areas to help support growth and increase jobs.

Commissioner Andor spoke favorably about how the money had been spent on training and the development of the workforce during a visit to projects in south Wales that had benefited from European funds.  However, a recent report by the UK Commission for Employment and Skills found that 20% of vacancies in Wales are hard to fill because employers are having difficulty in finding job applicants with the skills they need.

Ken Skates, deputy minister for skills and technology stated, “We have also introduced a new 10-year plan to drive up the skills not only of people who are in the workplace but people who are unemployed and young people who will soon be entering the labor market.”  While things seem to be moving in a positive direction as far as government action is concerned, job seekers can also be proactive about their training as well.

If you are interested in improving your marketability as a job applicant, increasing your skills with an online training program is one great option to reach this goal.  Gatlin International has a vast catalog of training options with courses in a variety of categories that suit the needs and interests of just about every student.  Course categories include: Healthcare and Fitness, Business and Professional, IT and Software Development, Management and Corporate, Media and Design, Hospitality and Gaming, Sustainability, and more.

By choosing online career training with Gatlin International, you can be sure you are getting a high quality education.  Gatlin International is the trusted leader in online learning, fully immersed each day in its mission of providing quality education to the world. Offering innovative learning solutions to universities, corporations and governments in more than 50 countries, Gatlin International serves thousands of students and partners worldwide with offices and multilingual staff in the U.K. and U.S. Our founder, Stephen Gatlin, a pioneer in the industry since 1993, is committed to aggregating and developing the most in-demand career training content available that empowers individuals and advances careers. The Gatlin International staff works closely with a shared altruistic vision and people-centric values that include teamwork, fun and empowerment.  We invite you to explore the Gatlin International course catalog and get started on your path to greater career options today!

Exploring Competency Based Training

February 14th, 2014

There’s always something new to learn in the realm of education and today we are going to discuss a concept we have been hearing a lot about lately: Competency Based Training (CBT). CBT is becoming a popular training model among teachers and students alike because of its learner focused appeal.  Essentially, CBT is a training method that is based on the skills or competencies a learner already has.  Additionally, students completely understand each lesson before moving on to the next in the CBT model.

The theory of CBT has been around for many years with many training programs based on this model even if the program does not explicitly identify as such.  Lots of job training and vocational education programs use CBT, some without even realizing it.  And as you can see, online learning has many similarities to the learner focused, self paced nature of CBT. If we take a more in depth look at CBT, some features of this type of training approach and how many of these features relate to online learning can be identified.

  • As we already stated, one main facet of CBT is that it is learner focused.  Each and every student has his or her own way of learning.  An online course provides the student the opportunity to make sure that each lesson is completely understood before they move onto the next – resulting in more learning success.
  • CBT focuses on skills, knowledge, and/or behaviors and is generally tied to strategic objectives – much like many of the online professional certification programs.
  • A distance-learning course based on CBT offers a flexible learning environment. A student can take their course from any location; all a student needs is a computer and a connection to the Internet.
  • Online learning and CBT alike allows students to set the pace.  This means students can easily plan their coursework around other work or life constraints and set the pace for completion of their chosen program.
  • CBT can be used with a wide variety of training options as it is not limited to purely academic coursework.  This gives students the opportunity to study a larger range of topics to meet their educational and professional needs.

If competency based training (CBT) sounds like a training model that you would be interested in, we invite you to take a look at the vast catalog of online courses that Gatlin International has to offer.  Gatlin International is the trusted leader in online learning, fully immersed each day in its mission of providing quality education to the world. Offering innovative learning solutions to universities, corporations and governments in more than 50 countries, Gatlin International serves thousands of students and partners worldwide with offices and multilingual staff in the U.K. and U.S. Our founder, Stephen Gatlin, a pioneer in the industry since 1993, is committed to aggregating and developing the most in-demand career training content available that empowers individuals and advances careers. The Gatlin International staff works closely with a shared altruistic vision and people-centric values that include teamwork, fun and empowerment.  Visit Gatlin International’s online course catalog to see all that we have to offer today!