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Northern Virginia Community College and the Northern Virginia Technology Council Release New Workforce Research Report

HERNDON, Va. — December 18, 2019 — Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) and the Northern Virginia Technology Council (NVTC) released a new report, “Northern Virginia IT Workforce Succession Planning Best Practices,” examining regional information technology (IT) employers’ best practices in talent attraction, management, and retention.

The "Northern Virginia IT Workforce Succession Planning Best Practices" report offers analysis and insight from in-depth interviews with C-suite executives who have knowledge of their company’s human resources practices. The qualitative data collected during these interviews provides the basis for this report, and builds upon the Greater Washington Technology Workforce Needs Assessment reports published by NVTC and NOVA in 2016 and 2018.

Key findings from the report include:

  • Employers have a difficult time obtaining and retaining IT talent
  • Employers are providing innovative benefits to acquire and retain IT talent
  • Employers are offering robust professional development and mentorship opportunities to entice and retain IT talent
  • Employers want educational institutions to provide more innovative programs to attract and train workers

"The Northern Virginia tech community is in critical need of a larger, more developed workforce to sustain growth while continuing to create innovative products and services," said NVTC President and CEO Bobbie Kilberg. "We encourage IT executives to use the best practices identified in this research to augment their existing IT succession planning for talent attraction, development, and retention."

"Engaging directly with employers is a critical component of the work NOVA leads to understand the labor market needs of our region,” said Melanie Stover, Director of Corporate Engagement at NOVA. "As the deepest talent pool in the Commonwealth of Virginia, our partnership with NVTC is fundamental in ensuring the growth of the northern Virginia economy."

With IT jobs comprising more than nine percent of total employment in northern Virginia, the region employs nearly three times the number of IT workers as a share of its workforce than the national average, and the region will need to fill 110,000 additional IT positions over the next 10 years.

To view the full report, “Northern Virginia IT Workforce Succession Planning Best Practices,” click here.

For more information about the report, please contact Alex Cooley, Administrator of Labor Market Research, at acooley@nvcc.edu. For all other media inquiries, please contact:

Kara Mauceri, NVTC, kmauceri@nvtc.org
Lexie Janney, The Merritt Group, janney@merrittgrp.com
Hoang Nguyen, NOVA, hdnguyen@nvcc.edu


About Northern Virginia Technology Council

The Northern Virginia Technology Council (NVTC) is the membership and trade association for the technology community in Northern Virginia. As one of the largest technology councils in the nation, NVTC serves about 1,000 companies from all sectors of the technology industry, as well as service providers, universities, foreign embassies, nonprofit organizations, and governmental agencies. Through its member companies, NVTC represents about 350,000 employees in the region. NVTC is recognized as the nation's leader in providing its technology community with networking and educational events; specialized services and benefits; public policy advocacy; branding of its region as a major global technology center; initiatives in targeted business sectors and in the international, entrepreneurship, workforce and education arenas; and the NVTC Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charity that supports the NVTC Veterans Employment Initiative and other priorities within Virginia's technology community. Visit NVTC at http://www.nvtc.org.

Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) is the largest public institution of higher learning in the Commonwealth of Virginia and one of America's largest community colleges. NOVA enrolls nearly 80,000 students at its six campuses in Alexandria, Annandale, Loudoun, Manassas, Springfield (Medical Education Campus) and Woodbridge, through NOVA Online and high school dual enrollment. We offer more than 100 associate degree and certificate programs to help our students reach their academic and professional goals through university transfers and access to the most in-demand careers. At NOVA, we strive to ensure that every student succeeds, every program achieves and every community prospers. For more information about NOVA and its programs or services, visit our website, www.nvcc.eduor call 703.323.3000.