America’s education system is not producing the tech talent we need, at the scale we need it
There is a lot of discussion lately about the future of work - as CoVid has swept the globe, the focus shifted to working remotely and the resulting impact on culture.
In the last few weeks the focus has shifted to issues in diversity and inequity - and not just in the workplace.
These are critical issues to the world of work, and certainly the levels of diversity issues in tech are problems to solve with immediate action.
The Wired article Five Years of Tech Diversity Reports—and Little Progress shows just how bad it is. Whilst tech firms are often associated with being highly progressive in their cultures, the fact remains that people of color and women are very disproportionately represented.
Reading around the topic, it’s clear that there are some cultural issues across the industry that these employers are committed to addressing. The numbers are likely indicative of the industry as a whole, and one of the major drivers of this disparity is the state of STEM education, and the resulting low numbers of available skilled talent to hire.