New Concept to Counter Talent Shortage

March 31, 2014 by Friederike Orths

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Photo: Screenshot

What can be done to counter talent shortage? Promoting young talents is a top priority for corporate citizenship at SAP. That’s why, at the Business Technology Early College High School (BTECH School) in New York City, an innovative concept is being introduced: students can attend IT courses at the Queensborough Community College and earn credits to gain an associate degree, in addition to their high school diploma.

“We want to create a learning environment for students who are interested in working in the world of technology. We want to provide information about jobs and the skills required – even regarding jobs we don’t even know exist yet,” says Hoa Tu, principal of the BTECH School. “If we look ten years down the road, the anticipation is that we’ll need folks to work in technology design and technology development.” SAP helped the City University of New York, the Department for Education, and the Queensborough Community College to devise curricula with a focus on IT that can be applied to high school and college courses.

Practical experience and industry knowledge for tomorrow’s workforce

The idea is that the project should play a pioneering role – for other countries, too. As a business partner, SAP brings specialist industry knowledge and offers the students many opportunities to gather practical experience in a genuine business environment – for example, through internships or job shadowing. The goal is to make young people fit for a career in the IT sector. But not only American students should profit from the initiative and its modern learning opportunities. “We can use the experience we gather here and the curricula we develop here worldwide,” says Jackie Montesinos Suarez, Head of SAP Corporate Social Responsibility in North America. The BTECH School in New York City will be opened in September.

 

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