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Effective on the job learning models

By writer1 ·
We're installing a couple of major enterprise COTS products, and have some immediate staffing issues in backfilling roles and skill transfer.

The COTS vendors provide training for those working on the new systems, but the real issue is about how to rapidly skill up existing employees who will take on backfilling roles. These roles will work on the legacy systems, which in most cases they will not have worked on before. Compounding this is the fact that many of those going into backfill roles have mainframe skills and will need to develop midrange skillsets. Is this possible and how hard is it to do? On top of this, how possible is it to get/encourage programmers of one type of language to become proficient in another type? Is this feasible, or are programmers 'hard core' and unwilling to learn a new skill?

Any thoughts on the above much appreciated.
Thanks

There's plenty of academic stuff on learning models, but only htose who've really been through it can understand, I think.

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