Last week, SIA CEO Don Erickson revealed the comprehensive plan by the Security Industry Association (SIA) to Grow the Security Talent Pipeline. Today, I would like to explain a little more of how SIA Government Relations assists with the plan.
The security industry continues to experience tremendous growth, record-breaking expansion, and a multitude of emerging technologies that benefit security practitioners and citizens alike.
Supplemental technology trends, such as autonomous robotics, artificial intelligence and the Internet of Things offer promising statistics and forecasts that potentially serve as a force-multiplier for traditional security equipment -- e.g. surveillance cameras, access control systems, biometric readers and physical barriers. However, the proliferation of smarter devices requires an adept workforce equipped with necessary skills that include data management, computer science proficiency, threat response and vulnerability identification, to name a few.
Are business leaders optimistic that the current and upcoming workforce will possess the right qualifications, skills and talents to address market demands? And concurrently, are U.S. K-12 schools, universities and other career and technical institutions providing students with robust curriculum that gives our future workforce the right tools and exposure to better-prepare them for these market demands?
Business leaders across the country are concerned over the current and upcoming workforce’s lack of requisite qualifications to address market trends, and majority of business leaders attribute the skills gap to poor prioritization of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) curriculum. Simply put, the skills gap proves that the workforce “supply” will not meet future “demands” unless industry groups and academia encourage academic institutions, including traditional four-year universities and vocational colleges, to prioritize STEM programs to students of all ages.
The Security Industry Association will advocate for government policies that invest in STEM curriculum, reauthorize financial grants enabling students to pursue higher education and incentivize companies that adopt internal apprenticeship programs developing the future workforce.
For more information on these efforts, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.