Today's Hard|Forum Post
Today's Hard|Forum Post

Monday March 09, 2015

President Announces Effort To Boost High-Tech Training

TechHire is a bold multi-sector initiative and call to action to empower Americans with the skills they need, through universities and community colleges but also nontraditional approaches like "coding boot camps," and high-quality online courses that can rapidly train workers for a well-paying job, often in just a few months. Employers across the United States are in critical need of talent with these skills. Many of these roles do not require a four-year computer science degree. To give Americans the opportunity they deserve, and the skills they need to be competitive in a global economy, we are highlighting TechHire partnerships. Successful partnerships include:

  • Expanded regional employer hiring and paid internships for IT jobs (e.g., coding, web development, project management, cybersecurity) sourced from accelerated training programs based on demonstrated competencies instead of only selecting candidate using standard HR ‘markers’

  • Expand slots, upgrade quality, and diversify participants in accelerated training pipeline آ– expand local programs like coding boot camps, the best of which have 90 percent job placement rates آ– to enable more Americans to master the skills required to fill technology jobs and create a strong pipeline of technology talent that local employers demand and will hire that can be ready in months not years

  • Support from locally intermediaries آ– municipal leadership, workforce development programs and other local resources آ– that help connect people to jobs based on their skills and job readiness and help employers engage local talent trained in both alternative and traditional programs.

Over twenty forward-leaning communities are committing to take action آ– working with each other and with national employers آ– to expand access to tech jobs. To kick off TechHire, 21 regions, with over 120,000 open technology jobs and more than 300 employer partners in need of this workforce, are announcing plans to work together to new ways to recruit and place applicants based on their actual skills and to create more fast track tech training opportunities. The President is challenging other communities across the country to follow their lead.

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