Facing challenges in the workforce of Salt Lake City’s thriving economy

09/07/2017 – SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC4 News) Salt Lake City’s economy is thriving, but there are still challenges in the workforce. Lara Fritts from the Salt Lake Department of Economic Development and Rick Bouillon from Salt Lake Community College joined Brian Carlson on Good Morning Utah to talk about those challenges.

The Custom Fit Training Program funds training for Utah employees that is tailored to meet specific employer needs. The program is also designed to attract new businesses and aid in the retention and expansion of existing businesses. Through the appropriation of these resources, Custom Fit offers a diversity of services for business and industry, which in turn stimulates the economy.

For-profit companies located in Salt Lake County can use Custom Fit dollars, provided by the State Legislature, to train existing employees through Salt Lake Community College (SLCC) at a significant discount. More than 2,400 employees at 108 local companies have utilized Custom Fit through SLCC in the past year. Custom Fit subsides can amount to 40 percent of the training costs at SLCC.

Companies interested in Custom Fit training through Salt Lake Community College should call 801-957-5359.

Technology and best practices in business change so rapidly that it can be impractical to have an in-house corporate training department, especially in small- to mid-sized companies or start-ups. SLCC Workforce Training is the area’s on-demand provider of training, with the network of professional trainers ready to build just the right program for your employees and deliver it when you need it.

Workforce is supporting the Governor’s latest educational pathway – IT -with the Governor’s Office of Economic Development and Silicon Slopes tech companies to create a clear connection to a career for Utah’s workforce. There’s been 13,500 job listings in Utah in Information Technology since January, 8,000 of those in Salt Lake MSA.

This is just SLCC’s latest effort in the IT field. Our training improves the lives of hundreds of Utah residents, from the 284 individuals we’ve trained in basic computer skills and the most popular Microsoft products used in businesses today, to our ventures in cyber security. We most recently added our Ethical Hacking certificate course that starts next week.

A Certified Ethical Hacker understands how to look for weaknesses and vulnerabilities in computer systems. He or she uses the same knowledge and tools as a malicious hacker, but in a lawful and legitimate manner, to assess the security of their employer’s systems.

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