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When hiring managers at Atomic Data interview candidates for vacant positions, the softer professional skills the candidates possess often are just as important as technical knowledge. That’s why Atomic Data has hired 9 graduates from IT-Ready — because they come to work already knowing the day-to-day expectations of a tech professional.Read More
Diversify Your Workforce with IT-Ready
By hiring IT-Ready graduates, not only are you making smart hiring decisions, but also diversifying your tech workforce. We train motivated people with an aptitude for technology from multiple underserved populations:
Multiple Ethnic & Racial Groups
Individuals Without College Degrees
Graduates Are Ready to Work
✓ Low Risk & Cost-Effective: Recruitment, screening, background checks, training and certification are all paid for by Creating IT Futures.
✓ Certified: Graduates have proven technical capabilities, plus have free access to online training for additional certifications while on the job.
✓ Ready for Entry-Level Tech Positions: Our Technical Support and CSIS graduates are prepared for call centers, help desks and desktop support roles in IT. Our QA graduates are prepared for software QA analyst and software testing roles.
✓ Trained in Soft Skills: In addition to technical skills, our graduates undergo preparation in communication and other professional skills, so they are ready for your workplace.
Q1What is IT-Ready?IT-Ready assesses, trains, certifies and places adults in tech careers in 8 weeks. We work with students one-on-one all the way through the program, from recruitment to employment, and then engage them in continuing education and alumni experiences. IT-Ready launched in 2012 from Creating IT Futures, the tech workforce charity of CompTIA, the largest IT trade association worldwide.
Q2What technical skills do IT-Ready graduates learn?
IT-Ready Technical Support and CompTIA Secure Infrastructure Specialist graduates have learned operating system installation and upgrading, installing and imaging virtual machines, data storage, peripheral devices, safety and maintenance, assembly and disassembly of hardware, computer networks, Internet security, and troubleshooting. IT-Ready QA graduates have learned how to test and support software throughout its life cycle, principles of test design, risk management, agile development, and identifying best practices for mobile software testing.
Q3What professional skills do IT-Ready graduates learn?All IT-Ready graduates learn employability skills such as communication and presentation, conflict management, teamwork and collaboration, and critical thinking and problem solving
Q4How does IT-Ready pre-screen its students?
IT-Ready applicants are pre-screened and vetted with a Workplace Personality Inventory assessment as well as literacy and math tests and personal face-to-face interviews. After an extensive prescreening process and more than 240 hours of training, they arrive on day one certified and prepared for most entry-level tech roles.
Q5How do employers select which graduates to hire and how are they paid?
IT-Ready graduates are local to your business. Employers interview graduates to decide which one fits best with their company’s culture. The employer is expected to directly pay the IT-Ready graduate a wage of at least $12 to $15 an hour; IT-Ready does not receive any fees, commissions or percentage of the worker’s pay.
How Can Your Company Get Involved
Hire a Graduate
New graduates are currently available in Charlotte, NC; Chicago, IL; Portland, OR; and the Twin Cities, with more cities planned for IT-Ready expansion.
Showcase your Company
In our mini job fair during graduations, participate in speed interviews to meet and tell graduates about your company.
Underwrite Student Tuition
All IT-Ready courses are underwritten by grants and financial donations, so that students can attend classes for free.
IT-Ready Employer Network
Employers believe in IT-Ready students.
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