Infoblox partners with Rep. Kilmer to push tech apprenticeships

Credit: Business Examiner Blog, August 17th 2017.

Congressman Derek Kilmer has introduced new legislation to advance the stewardship of technology careers, and he’s partnering with a big name in Tacoma tech to do it.

Cybersecurity firm Infoblox, which earlier this year designated the City of Destiny as a “Center of Excellence for Technology Innovation,” hosted Kilmer, D-6th Dist., at its Tacoma office for a press conference touting the Chance in Tech Act.

The legislation aims to help address the growing need for IT talent by encouraging public-private funding for apprenticeship programs in the tech sector.

Nearly 800,000 IT workers, Kilmer wrote in a blog post championing the Chance in Tech Act last month, are expected to retire between now and 2024. And despite technology being ubiquitous — especially in young people’s hands, it seems —the industry is suffering from a shortage of skilled workers.