Free IT Training Opportunity Puts Vets in Jobs Market Sweet Spot

Posted by Jason Van Steenwyk

veterans to workSAP, a major German software development company with over 55,000 employees, has committed to offering free IT training to qualified American veterans, the company announced last week. The new program, called Veterans to Work, will provide scholarships for veterans to pursue training and certification programs on SAP software, including analytics, data management and mobility solutions, the company said.

The first group of veterans started class this week in Texas. Within 12 months, SAP aims to train and certify 1,000 veterans in California, Florida, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Texas and Virginia. Eventually the program will expand nationally through its online accessibility.

The goal, ultimately, is to have up to 20,000 transitioning veterans trained up to manage SAP’s business software solutions.

Veterans selected for the program can choose from a variety of offered courses and certification programs:

  • Analytics
    • SAP Business Intelligence Platform
    • SAP Crystal Reports
    • SAP BusinessObjects Web Intelligence
  • Database & Technology
    • SAP Sybase Adaptive Server Enterprise
    • SAP HANA, In-Memory Computing
    • SAP Sybase PowerBuilder
    • SAP Sybase PowerDesigner
  • Mobility
    • Sybase Unwired Platform – Developers

A Growth Field

Even as the overall economy is mired in growth that is tepid at best, the software development, data management and IT fields continue to grow – and will need a steady inflow of fresh talent for the next several years. The SAP opportunity dovetails nicely with the economy of the 20-teens.

According to the IT and HR consulting firm Gartner, Inc., the data architecture industry is going to need to find an additional 4.4 million workers, worldwide, to service the exploding demand for data management – all in the next three years.

There simply aren’t enough qualified workers to meet the project demand, notes Gartner. In fact, Gartner anticipates that two thirds of those jobs will never be filled. SAP’s move is potentially a shrewd way of ensuring itself market share in the data services and business software and analytics field going forward; after all, they will not be able to sell much software to companies if the companies can’t find qualified IT staff to run them. The Veterans to Work program gets SAP ahead of that hiring curve.

One of SAP’s disciplines is mobile technology – a field that continues to grow in leaps and bounds. Gartner projects 1.6 billion new smart mobile devices will be sold in 2016. Two out of three workers will own a smartphone, and 40 percent of workers will be mobile.

This program puts the selected veterans in one of the ‘sweet spots’ of the 21st century economy. And SAP will benefit from the veteran talent pool.

For more information, and to apply for the program, visit


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