Salt Lake City, Utah- (ABC4 Utah) – The high tech industry is booming in Utah. So much so, that companies struggle to find the talent they need.
The first ever Pluralsight Live conference is bringing some the biggest names in high tech to Salt Lake City.
Pluralsight CEO Arron Skonnard says it’s about gathering some of the leading tech companies from around the world to discuss how they can work together to close the technology skills gap.
“The technology skills gap is one of the biggest issues the world faces right now. We have, you know, companies all over the world, big tech companies who have jobs, but they don’t have the people with the skills,” said Skonnard.
That’s where reaching out to the workforce of the future comes in. Former Secretary of Education and current Pluralsight board member Arne Duncan says there are children across the country who could develop those skills, if given the chance.
“There are so many talented kids, whether it’s in rural communities, or inner-city communities, native American reservations who aren’t getting the kind of support, and opportunities and guidance that they need,” said Duncan.
Duncan says it will take industry and government partnerships to close the opportunity gap, and open up a whole new world.
“To make a good living, and support your family. A huge, huge opportunity here,” said Duncan.
That opportunity doesn’t appear to be going away anytime soon.
“We see Utah as one of the best environments in the country, if not the world for building a high growth, fast paced tech company. As a demonstration of that, Pluralsight recently announced our commitment to expand our team and our headquarters here, within the state, with over 2400 jobs that we are committing to over the next ten years,” said Skonnard.
Former First Lady Michelle Obama participated in a moderated conversation at the conference, but that portion was closed off to the media.