Oracle Takes on Tech Skills Gap with Free Training

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By Barbara Darrow, Senior Director, Corporate Communications, Oracle

Every day we hear more about the IT skills gap afflicting companies around the world. As more businesses seek to accelerate their own digital transformations, many are finding it difficult, often even impossible, to find people with the right skillsets in cloud computing, business applications, software development—you name it. That is a major problem not just for individual companies but for the economy at large.

The issue is understandable in that technology is changing so fast that it’s hard for businesses and their employees to keep pace.

To address this critical need, Oracle University just launched an initiative to train business professionals on more than 50 technology job roles that are important to nearly every company. The new Oracle Learning Explorer program offers free entry-level training to help businesses and their employees cultivate IT skills across Oracle’s entire product stack, including: Oracle Cloud Infrastructure, Autonomous Database, HCM, ERP, DevOps, and more.

The program includes learning paths for each tech area; a quiz to validate acquired knowledge; and badges to highlight achievement.

Research has shown that a large majority of employees feel that they have not mastered the skills needed to perform their jobs to the best of their ability and see this as a drawback both for themselves and their employers.

Training like the Oracle Learning Explorer not only burnishes a company’s in-house skills but helps employees stay active, engaged, and motivated to meet new requirements over time. That fits nicely into Oracle University’s overall goal which is to help Oracle customers—and by extension their employees—succeed. Free training is one way to help accomplish that.

This is just the latest example of Oracle University’s free or reduced-cost training and coursework. Last spring, it launched free training and learning paths focusing on OCI and Oracle Autonomous Database, for example.

To find out more, check out the blog or start your free training today by going to:

HCM Global HR Explorer
ERP General Ledger Explorer
OCI Explorer
Autonomous Database Explorer
DevOps Explorer
One thing is sure in this often uncertain era: learning is a continuous process, not an endpoint. Freely available programs like this are a good way to ensure companies can call on people with the skills necessary to keep their business evolving and growing.

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