WASHINGTON, April 29 (UPI) -- A U.S. IT skills certification company is participating in a White House initiative for military personnel moving to the civilian workforce.
CompTIA said as part of the IT Training and Certification Program, it will donate vouchers for certification exams for military personnel.
"We are honored to be a part of this pilot program that the White House is launching," said Todd Thibodeaux, president and chief executive officer of CompTIA. "Many in the military already possess technical skill sets due to their military occupation specialties but need just an extra push to translate those successfully into getting a job after the military.
"We have ample data that show that employers in the private sector highly value individuals who have industry recognized certifications along with on-the-job experience. By getting more of these soon-to-be veterans trained and certified, we expect this will lead to higher than average paying jobs in the private sector.
"We also expect this will help fill the IT skills gap that currently exists. Whether a core IT function or an emerging area, employers need trained and certified IT staff to maximize their return on technology investments and achieve business success," Thibodeaux said.
CompTIA a non-profit trade association advancing the global interests of IT professionals and companies. Others participating in the initiative are Cisco, Futures Inc., Global Knowledge and GogoTraining.