March 08, 2016 11:19 ET

ITPro.TV Partners With Wiley to Solve IT Training Challenge

The U.S. Faces a Shortage of Trained IT Workers

GAINESVILLE, FL--(Marketwired - Mar 8, 2016) -  The U.S. is facing an IT worker shortage, and experts say it will only get worse. Why? Because the field's expansive growth is outpacing its capacity to train new workers.

Thanks to the rapid growth of the Internet and recent advances in technology, IT is a better industry than ever for career opportunities. The growth of the IT field has led to massive spending, to the tune of $170 billion a year on cybersecurity alone -- this level of spending means more companies need more trained IT professionals.

Through their new partnership, ITPro.TV and Wiley are solving the challenge of training the IT professionals the industry needs through Wiley's diverse network base and ITPro.TV's unique business offering. ITPro.TV is committed to producing a useful, entertaining IT training content through live daily broadcasts. In the fast-pace world of IT, training information is only relevant for about three years, so new content is constantly added to ITPro.TV to keep up with industry changes and advances.

CEO and Founder Tim Broom understands the importance of keeping pace with users' learning needs, and knows that IT professionals want to be able to access training content wherever they might need it, with the help of their smartphones and mobile devices.

"We have five full-time hosts that present content in an engaging format we refer to as 'edutainment.' Our subscription users can watch training videos, get hands-on experience in virtual labs, take practice tests, and chat live with our hosts to truly get the full impact of our services," says Broom.

Wiley brings their franchise authors, global reach, and marketing expertise to the partnership, while ITPro.TV brings their intimate knowledge of the IT training field, their state-of-the-art production facilities, and their rapid growth -- ITPro.TV experienced 300 percent growth last year alone. With Wiley's help, ITPro.TV plans to expand production substantially over the next few months, ramping up from two studios producing 12 to 15 IT training videos daily to five studios producing 40 videos daily.

"Employment for computer-related and information technology positions is estimated to grow 12 percent by 2024, a number that far exceeds the average for any other occupation," said Barry Pruett, Vice President of Technology Strategy for Wiley. "This partnership allows Wiley the ability to provide anytime anywhere skills training and test prep through the ITPro.TV LMS. Sybex along with ITPro.TV provide the best way to prepare for certification and stay up to date on the latest IT information."

About Wiley
Wiley, (NYSE: JWa) (NYSE: JWb), is a global provider of knowledge and knowledge-enabled services that improve outcomes in areas of research, professional practice, and education. Through the Research segment, the Company provides digital and print scientific, technical, medical, and scholarly journals, reference works, books, database services, and advertising. The Professional Development segment provides digital and print books, online assessment and training services, and test prep and certification. In Education, Wiley provides education solutions including online program management services for higher education institutions and course management tools for instructors and students, as well as print and digital content.

About ITProTV
ITPro.TV produces daily live-streamed, topic-oriented training videos geared toward IT professionals who want to get or stay current in their area of expertise, prepare for certification exams, and otherwise keep their portfolio of skills up to date. Each video is produced by an experienced instructor and archived according to exam and objective.