Finding and retaining tech pros is a perennial problem for many IT departments. At GE, a global recruiting program helps bring entry-level IT workers into the company, expose them to different parts of the business, and if all goes according to plan, entice the young talent to stay.
The Information Technology Leadership Program (ITLP) spans multiple business units inside GE, which employs nearly 10,000 IT workers in 50 countries. Recent computer science graduates rotate through four different IT assignments during a two-year period. ITLP participants also receive 12 weeks of technical, project management, and leadership training during their two years of rotating assignments.
“It offers new graduates -- those who have a real passion for information technology -- the opportunity to grow their leadership skills, grow their business acumen, and really deepen their technical aptitude,” says Julie Stansbury, CIO of GE Capital Treasury, a division within the financial services arm of GE. “And from an IT leadership perspective, it’s a way for us to build incredibly strong IT teams.”