The trend of businesses outsourcing IT support to overseas companies not only reduces employment opportunities domestically but depletes our pool of knowledgeable workers from which innovation and future advances will come. Businesses’ gain, of course, is saving money, but the talent drain is an issue that has been recognized by economists.
Amerishore, an IT service provider that is a wholly owned subsidiary of Neudesic — a Microsoft National Systems Integrator — aims to address both concerns. Using teams of Amerishore student associates working under the management and direction of a full-time head consultant keeps cost down for the business while providing the students a foot in the door toward a job. Says Eric Huckabay, Amerishore director of operations, “Amerishore student associates are provided an amazing experience of the ‘real world’ work environment while coordinating hand in hand with highly talented, Microsoft-certified Neudesic consultants. Students also receive the opportunity to prove themselves to Amerishore’s clients to increase the likelihood of attaining a full-time position within that organization upon their graduation.” It’s also a strong recruitment tool for the client company, which can get a sense of the student’s “fit” before offering a full-time position, he adds.
Amerishore has been building its presence in the Phoenix area since February of this year, working with clients in a variety of business sectors. “Before Neudesic creates a full-time Amerishore student associate staff, the organization ensures the Neudesic business in the targeted market is substantially strong and the expected growth is significant enough to support a full-time Amerishore staff,” explains Huckabay, noting, “Phoenix is Neudesic’s strongest, highest-revenue-generating market.”
A full-time Amerishore staff is 15 students; currently, there are 10 Amerishore student associates working on Phoenix projects. “We are interested in creating relationships with various universities,” Huckabay says, explaining Amerishore’s management team targets IT college students beginning their junior year, and the students remain in the program about one-and-a-half years.
“Many entry-level IT positions are now awarded overseas to reduce costs, leaving the new generations of IT students stumbling at the starting point of their careers,” says Huckabay. “Our team champions Phoenix businesses seeking low-risk, high-return IT consulting services and an opportunity to better support the U.S. economy.”