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Campus Hiring Programs vs. Hire-Train-Deploy

Campus Hiring Programs vs. Hire-Train-Deploy

As the demand for tech talent continues to rise, companies are increasingly turning to campus hiring programs to attract their next generation of tech workers. However, running a successful campus hiring program in 2023 is not without its challenges and costs. In this blog post, I share some of the biggest challenges and costs associated with running a campus hiring program for tech talent in 2023.

Challenge #1: Increased Competition

One of the biggest challenges of running a campus hiring program in 2023 is the increased competition for tech talent. With more and more companies competing for the same pool of candidates, it can be difficult to stand out from the crowd to attract the best and brightest.

In addition, recruitment for diverse candidates has increased significantly over the last several years. Many employers have sought out new partnerships with HBCUs or HSIs in order to solve this gap…BUT…it’s not that simple. Many companies have been shocked to learn that HBCUs only produce about 1,100 Computer Science graduates each year. Clearly, not enough to go around.

Challenge #2: Skills Gap

Not all computer science programs are the same and enterprise programming is a great example. While some universities have aligned their curriculum to specific companies who partner with them, many programs require very little “hands-on” coding from students in order to graduate.

As a result, many graduates lack the specific tech skills and tools that are required for enterprise programming roles in 2023. While a computer science degree does provide a strong foundation for programmers, we often see that additional training is necessary to bridge the skills gap.

Challenge #3: Costs vs Attrition

Running a successful campus hiring program requires a significant upfront investment. From personnel, to travel for hiring fairs, to all the software necessary to run efficiently, these costs add up long before the strategy has been proven successful. And don’t forget about the extra time and investment needed to train graduates to overcome the skills gap.

When you pair this investment with the US attrition numbers, it paints a bleak picture. According to a survey conducted by the National Association of Colleges and Employers in 2021, the average tenure for Computer Science graduates in their first role is only around 1.5 years; nowhere near enough time to contribute in any meaningful way.


The challenges I presented above are among the largest reasons we’ve seen such tremendous growth across the Hire-Train-Deploy industry over the past 5 years. The complexity of hiring diverse & job-ready tech talent requires a specialized recruitment process and approach.

At HTD Talent, junior tech talent is all we do. We take on all the upfront risk to hire & train top performing Computer Science & STEM graduates. Our clients get access to proven talent with the opportunity to “try before you buy”.

No more upfront costs. No more skills gaps. No more competition for diverse talent.

This is why Hire-Train-Deploy is the fastest growing trend in human capital management and will continue to shape the way companies approach the next generation workforce.

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