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Solving the resource crisis - Pablo Listingart from ComIT. Hashtag Trending the Weekend Edition for May 24, 2024
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Solving the resource crisis - Pablo Listingart from ComIT. Hashtag Trending the Weekend Edition for May 24, 2024
Summary Pablo Listingart, founder and executive director of ComIT, discusses the resource shortage in cybersecurity and IT and the need to expand diversity programs and increase training opportunities. He shares his personal journey from Argentina to Canada and his passion for providing free technology and professional skills training to unemployed and underemployed Canadians. Pablo emphasizes the importance of including those who are being left out and overcoming barriers such as cultural issues, certification costs, and lack of remote opportunities. He highlights the need to listen, be flexible, and give people a chance to showcase their skills. Pablo Listengard discusses the impact of his program on individuals, families, and communities. He emphasizes the importance of providing opportunities and hope to individuals, even if it means starting small. Pablo highlights two key aspects of his program: listening to the needs of individuals and the labor market, and adapting the program to meet those needs. He also emphasizes the importance of networking with companies and building relationships with employers to provide job opportunities. Pablo shares his hope for a future where diversity and inclusion are prioritized, and where more businesses and opportunities are created by including everyone. Takeaways - There is a resource shortage in cybersecurity and IT, but expanding diversity programs and increasing training opportunities can help bridge the gap. - Including those who are being left out, such as immigrants and indigenous communities, is crucial for creating a more inclusive tech industry. - Barriers such as cultural issues, certification costs, and lack of remote opportunities need to be addressed to provide equal opportunities for all. - Listening, being flexible, and giving people a chance to showcase their skills are key to breaking down barriers and promoting diversity and inclusion. The impact of providing opportunities to individuals extends beyond the individual themselves and can have a ripple effect on their families and communities. - Starting small and helping one or two individuals can lead to helping thousands over time. - Listening to the needs of individuals and the labor market is crucial in adapting programs to increase the chances of employment. - Networking with companies and building relationships with employers can lead to job opportunities and referrals. - Diversity and inclusion are essential for creating a thriving and inclusive economy.