“A free IT training program is aiming to help unemployed Maryland residents gain skills that are in demand during the pandemic.
To create the online program, IT industry trade association CompTIA partnered with EARN Maryland, a workforce training initiative of the state’s labor department, which is providing funding to allow it to be offered for free.
“We don’t know when many of those who lost their jobs will be rehired,” said Mark Plunkett, senior director of training operations and business development at CompTIA. “What we do know is that during Q1 2020, there were over 1 million core IT job openings in the US, according to Burning Glass Technologies Labor Insights. In relation to the entire U.S. job market, there were 10.6 million total postings for the same Q1 2020 period.”