Employee training is essential for organisation’s success

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Talent shortage is a top emerging risk facing organisations

 
According to a 2017 report by Global Knowledge, a massive 68% of IT decision makers faced a present skills shortage in their teams. 

Gartner research 2018 indicated that companies need to shift from external hiring strategies towards training their current workforces. Statistics clearly show the importance and benefits of employee development: a more competitive workforce, increased employee retention, and higher employee engagement.

“Organizations face huge challenges from the pace of business change, accelerating privacy regulations and the digitalization of their industries,” said Matt Shinkman, managing vice president and risk practice leader at Gartner. 

The use of cloud has been growing rapidly in the last 4-8 years. Compliance, automation, improved security, infrastructure as code, better DevOps practices, and developing cloud-native applications, are just some common reasons corporations want to move to the cloud. 

Adopting a new cloud environment involves extensive change, from skills to processes to technology. With the growing technology changes, it is hard for companies to keep up, and even harder for the average employees.  

 

Skills development: hard and soft skills

Skills development is a process where we turn from a beginner to a junior, and ultimately a senior. Skills development comes down to two key factors: identifying the skills gaps and developing those skills.

When developing skills, it is commonly broken down into hard and soft skills:

  • Hard skills are specific to a task and tend to be knowledge-based. Having skills in programming, software, or even another language is classified as a hard skill.
  • Soft skills are what we as humans have been learning from our first breath. Personality, leadership, time and stress management, decision making, ability to deal with adversity, and most of all networking.

Hard skills are commonly looked at. It is great to have a smart co-worker, but it doesn’t help the corporation if the employee is not willing to share information or can’t handle stress. Therefore it is best to help employees build both skills.

 

Bridge the skills gap with cloud training

According to a recent study, 2017 U.S. training expenditures increased 32.5 percent to $90.6 billion. We at Nordcloud have also seen a drastic increase in our cloud training business. During the last year we saw a 66% increase in participation numbers.

As an example, last year we arranged 101 AWS courses with an excellent (4,50/5 average in) participant satisfaction.

“Excellent course, materials and instructor! Gave good overview of AWS. There were also some interesting questions asked, the answer were good and the instructor seems very educated surrounding the topic. All in all, a good training!”
“The pace was very high which was great for me. I really enjoyed the presentation and the trainer was very knowledgeable. I learned a lot about the basic AWS technologies and all the technical questions were well answered. Great instructor, any question and the answer comes out like from a machine gun. Very much knowledge of the topic in her.”
 

As a cloud native Nordcloud knows the public cloud well, and we understand what it takes to succeed there. We provide cloud training for both individuals and companies.

 

Check our Cloud Training here – and sign up!

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    Cloud Computing News #12: Secure top IT talent with cloud training

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    This week we focus on cloud training.

    Competition for cloud professionals is fierce so how can you ensure your company has the top IT talent? Research firm Gartner reports that “by 2020, 75 percent of organizations will experience visible business disruptions due to [infrastructure and operations] skills gaps.”

     

    Talent Shortage Considered A Top Risk Among Executives

    Recent Gartner survey of 400 executives (10/2018) found that a shrinking pool of qualified candidates surfaced as a top business risk for global executives in risk, audit, finance and compliance.  Cloud computing, which was ranked the No. 1 risk in 2Q18, remains a concern. Cybersecurity disclosure and the artificial intelligence (AI)/robotics skills gap round out the top five concerns among executives surveyed. Digital transformation initiatives have only increased this pressure.

    “In this strong economic environment of significant business growth and record-low unemployment levels, the battle for talent is heating up as employees now have more bargaining power,” said Matthew Shinkman, practice leader at Gartner. “As a result, talent is harder to find and even more difficult to keep.”

    To mitigate the risk of talent shortage, Gartner recommends a market-driven approach to sourcing strategy that ensures it adapts to evolving external labour market realities and organization needs.

    Read more in Gartner

     

    Train your IT professionals for cloud success with Nordcloud

    As an Amazon Web Services Training Partner and Azure Training Partner, Nordcloud delivers a variety of engaging and hands-on official cloud training courses that cater to all needs. Whether you’re new to the cloud or have experience with AWS or Azure services, we have something for you. Please note that you do not have to be our customer to sign up for training – they’re for everyone!

    We base our trainings on our in-depth understanding on public cloud and to the latest development of cloud. Our approach to learning is very practical, courses have lots of hands-on activities and immersive exercises. By completing introductory and advanced courses built around self-paced labs, you’ll deepen your skills and learn best-practices for architecting, developing and operating infrastructure and applications on the AWS and Azure cloud.

    We also offer customised, organisation-specific training, if that’s something you’re interested in. We can significantly increase the adoption of Public Cloud usage and ensure the investments are paying off by upskilling your organization.

    By attending our cloud training, you’ll guarantee your cloud success when you learn to do things right from the start.

    Connect with our Cloud Training team

     

    Nordcloud Talent Acceleration programme trains future cloud superheroes

    The challenge at the moment is the lack of cloud natives capable of creating the solutions that enable the future. People with the skills, knowledge and ability to apply the latest tech to the most recent challenges.

    As the leading cloud solution provider in Europe, we can’t wait for the world to catch up. We’ve decided to gather the most capable future cloud experts together and provide them with the opportunity to brush up their skills and join the movement toward a frictionless future.

    Nordcloud Talent Acceleration programme is the gateway into the world of Nordcloud. At Nordcloud Talent Acceleration, we provide a fast-track learning program that brings forward thinking people to a visionary community.

    We offer two training programs that transform IT specialists into the next generation of cloud natives. Pick from either our public cloud (AWS/Azure) ready Cloud Engineering or Cloud Development curriculum, developing your skills and completing your certificates.

    Interested in accelerating your skills and becoming a cloud superhero? We are now recruiting for Microsoft Azure tracks that start in January 2019 and March 2019. We are looking joiners from Poland and Germany for both of the tracks. 

    We offer you a permanent employment from day one, six weeks intensive cloud bootcamp and large variety of interesting customer projects to kick start a new cloud superhero career!

    Apply here

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      Pinja’s day at Talent Acceleration

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      Hi everybody!

      You are warmly welcomed to follow my day in our Talent Acceleration team! 

      Who am I and what do I actually do, besides talking a lot while waving my hands and hanging out in Linkedin? And what is talent acceleration actually? Those are the things I hope to answer with this short story.

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      First of all I’m going to tell you a bit more about myself. You may call me Pinja, one of the Talent Acquisition Ninjas of Nordcloud. I joined the company in June 2018 and jumped on a fast-forward moving train of a rapidly growing tech company with huge potential to untap. This ride has been an absolute pleasure so far and suddenly I’ve found myself in the most interesting, new and exciting situations. Our growth has been impressive, and there is still a lot to do. For a recruiter and HR person like myself, this is a very challenging but especially rewarding situation to be in. As our company’s motto states, ‘we power up our customers’ business with an unlimited source of energy: our people”. This is people business to its core. For me, the feeling of getting things done and seeing some of my recruits walking around at the office with a Nordcloud hoodie on is the best possible reward.

      My background

      My own background is very far from tech savvy, but I claim to know something about people. I’ve always been intrigued by all things humane and therefore studying social psychology was a perfect match for me. Recruiting was a quite natural career path to take after that, as working with people is my greatest source of motivation. Matching great talent with new opportunities, seeing people step up their game when given the right chance and seeing the sparkle in their eyes while doing so is what makes me happy. The years working with tech recruitments have also created the little engineer in me and suddenly I see myself doing bits of coding stuff, fighting with Excel and reading about all things technical – you really are the company you keep!

      My regular day looks like..

      Well, honestly there isn’t a regular day! I do a lot of basic recruitments stuff, such as interviews, hunt and gather CVs and send out technical assignments, job offers and take care of our new joiners. I work closely with our managers and try to solve their business needs from a resource point of view. Our talent acceleration works hard to solve the need for people in a field where there are not enough cloud-skilled people existing. We have created our own solution for this and are training our own pros.

      Currently I am recruiting people for Poland and Germany, where we are offering a permanent employment and a full-time six weeks of training in Microsoft Azure to start with. This is a big project, where everything has to be orchestrated carefully, so I’ve been spending recently a lot of time networking with the right people, planning, researching and just testing things that could work out. This is ramping up growth and creating market entry at the same time, in addition to the normal recruitment activities.

      What is Nordcloud talent acceleration?

      The basic philosophy of this ‘talent acceleration as a strategy’ is to accelerate the skills and productivity level of new hires and existing staff too. Basically this makes it possible for you to hire into specific roles at an “underfill” level and rapidly accelerate new hires to full performance. Shortly put, it is critical for talent acquisition to create talent strategies that meet future challenges now, not next year. Job market, especially in tech, is in constant flux and shifting so fast that normal recruitment processes and traditional talent acquisition can’t catch up.

      PS. You can find me at Linkedin, feel free to connect there!

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