At this year’s SHARE St. Louis, two Ensono employees participated on a panel about recruiting and retaining Generation Z talent to mainframe positions.
Ken Harper, mainframe product director, led the panel Teaching Mainframe Skills to Your Incoming Gen Z Workforce Friday, Aug. 17 at 10 a.m. He discussed the key challenges in talent acquisition and retention facing organizations that rely on mainframe environments. Caroline McNutt, mainframe systems programmer, accompanied him on the panel to share her insights as a millennial mainframer.
According to Harper, fewer students today are trained on mainframes, so finding experienced candidates entering the workforce is especially challenging. At Ensono, we emphasize the importance of internal training, and in 2016, we implemented a mentorship program for incoming mainframe talent, including college students and current employees. The hands-on approach allows interested candidates to gain experience working in mainframe environments and prepares them to successfully enter a career in mainframe services.
Harper and McNutt play a crucial role in Ensono’s optimal client and employee satisfaction, and the company is honored to have them present at one of the most reputable events in the industry.