Entry Level IT Analysis and Report Collate Hiring Needs of 70+ Rhode Island Tech Employers

View/Download: Enter IT RI: An analysis and report of in-demand IT skill sets

Bridge Technical Talent and Tech Collective’s “Enter IT RI” analysis and report identifies technical and workforce readiness skill requirements for the entry level. Summit and panel discussion will showcase findings on June 10. 

Providence, R.I. – June 2, 2016 –  Tech Collective, Rhode Island’s industry association for bioscience and information technology, and Bridge Technical Talent, today released their report, “Enter IT RI" – An analysis and report of in-demand entry level IT skill sets in Rhode Island.

The “Enter IT RI” report identifies technical and workforce readiness skillsets required by employers when hiring for entry level IT positions. The analysis is based off of a survey completed by more than 70 Rhode Island technology employers during the fall of 2015/winter of 2016. Findings of the report aim to inform state, education, and industry leaders on the in-demand skill sets required by employers.

In additional to workforce competencies, the report details skills needs specifically for six technical domains: Application Development; Operations Infrastructure; Service Desk; Data Warehousing /Business Intelligence; Information Security; and Project and Portfolio Management.

Focus on Connecting Education and Industry

As IT employers anticipate growth over the next 5 years, recommendations following the report reflect the need to increase industry and education engagement by aligning IT education and career pathways, bolstering the skill sets of entry level employees, and increasing employer engagement in the hiring of local talent. The Enter IT RI report aims to serve as a strategic tool, engaging and connecting all public and private workforce and industry related programs, initiatives and agencies.

Enter-IT RI Summit

The release of the report will be at the Enter IT RI Summit taking place on June 10th from 9:00 am – 11:00 am at Tech Collective’s offices at 166 Valley Street, Building 3, Providence, RI 02909. The morning will consist of an overview of the report, connection to the ongoing TechHire Rhode Island initiative, and a panel conversation between academia and employers. The panel discussion will focus on the survey outcomes and action plans to foster the continued alignment of employer need with college and university curriculums as well as lessening the skills gap upon employment.


Peter Moreau, SVP & CIO; Amica

Joan Peckham, Chair of Computer Science and Statistics; University of Rhode Island

Anthony Ruocco, Computer Science Program Coordinator; Roger Williams University

Chris Shoemaker, CTO; MojoTech

“It’s critical that we in RI work together to increase the number of IT workers available for our existing businesses and for courting new businesses to relocate to our state. There are many programs underway to achieve that goal. This report and panel discussion is a first step towards ensuring that we are providing these new IT workers with the in-demand technical and workforce readiness skills they will need”, said Joe Devine, Partner with Bridge Technical Talent.

“As the state’s focus on developing tech talent and meeting employer need continues to intensify, Tech Collective is excited to release the ‘Enter IT RI’ report as a resource to advance that focus,” said Tom Falcone, executive director for Tech Collective. “The report is a tool to drive awareness and collaboration between business and academia, ensuring a comprehensive cycle of talent development, employment, and business and economic growth. We’d also like to give thanks to Bridge Technical Talent for starting this process and working in partnership with us to see it to conclusion.”

Devine adds, “many IT professionals contributed to this survey, report, and panel discussion; but without the support of the Tech Collective, we never would have finished our work.

The Enter IT RI report was funded by an Industry Partnership grant through the Governor’s Workforce Board of Rhode Island (GWBRI). The report is a follow up to Tech Collective’s previous skills gap reports, released in 2007 and 2014, and also funded by GWBRI.

The Enter IT RI Summit is open to the public. Industry, academic, and state leaders and stakeholders are encouraged to attend. For more information on the Summit or to download the “Enter IT RI” report after the Summit, visit www.bridge-talent.com or www.tech-collective.org.

About Bridge Technical Talent: 
Bridge is a full-service IT staffing firm providing contract, permanent, and contract-to-hire staffing solutions.  Headquartered in North Kingstown, Rhode Island, Bridge has proudly served customers in Southern New England for over a decade.  With demonstrated success supporting the recruiting initiatives of Fortune 100 companies as well as locating the perfect candidates for early stage start-ups, Bridge places skilled IT professionals in positions that range from entry-level to senior management and that span numerous industries, with a focus in finance, healthcare, software and higher education.  www.bridge-talent.com. Connect with Bridge on Twitter ǀ LinkedIn ǀ Facebook.

About Tech Collective: Tech Collective is Rhode Island’s Bioscience and Information Technology Industry Association. Uniting industry, government and academic stakeholders, our mission is to inspire, engage, educate and employ a high-skill, high-wage Knowledge Economy in Rhode Island. Since its transition from the Rhode Island Technology Council (RITEC) in 2004, Tech Collective has received more than $8M in federal, state and private grant funding to foster industry and workforce awareness, collaboration, and development through forums and initiatives including: Tech10, GRRL Tech, Women in Technology, Bio-Ed, and STEM-based education and training programs for K-16 students as well as incumbent and transitioning workers. Get connected to Tech Collective at www.tech-collective.org, on Facebook (TechCollectiveRI), Twitter (@Tech_Collective), and on Linkedin (Tech Collective).


View/Download the Enter IT RI Report: Enter IT RI: An analysis and report of in-demand IT skill sets

Watch a video of the Enter IT RI Report Analysis and Summit:  www.youtube.com/watch?v=URi7VTNdwqY&feature=youtu.be

 Peter Moreau, SVP & CIO; Amica
    Joan Peckham, Chair of Computer Science and Statistics; University of Rhode Island
   Anthony Ruocco, Computer Science Program Coordinator; Roger Williams University
   Chris Shoemaker, CTO; MojoTech
Watch a video of the Enter IT RI Report Analysis and Summit:  www.youtube.com/watch?v=URi7VTNdwqY&feature=youtu.be


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