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Opportunity@Work


Opportunity@Work
re-wiring the U.S. labor market

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Opportunity@Work


Opportunity@Work
re-wiring the U.S. labor market

Opportunity@Work is a non-profit social venture whose mission is to secure a future of robust opportunity in which all Americans can learn, pursue and realize their potential contribution.  

We have a vision for a labor market where those who have the potential to perform a job successfully have the opportunity to obtain that job. In this “re-wired” labor market:

  • Hiring decisions are made based on an individual’s ability to demonstrate skill and readiness

  • Training is accessible to anyone with the aptitude and drive to learn a skill

  • Technology is used to accelerate learning outcomes and uncover overlooked talent

Opportunity@Work’s goal is to empower 1 million more Americans to work and earn to their full potential over the next 10 years.

 

We Need to “Re-wire” the Labor Market (updated on November 24, 2015)

How do we ensure that motivated Americans get the skills they need to find meaningful work, to thrive in the workplace, and to move forward in our job market? READ MORE

 
 
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TechHire


Opportunity@Work + TechHire

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TechHire


Opportunity@Work + TechHire

If you want to learn more about TechHire or make a commitment to this initiative, please visit TechHire.org to access additional tools and resources.

Launched March 9, 2015 - TechHire, our first project,  is a national initiative that builds a superior network to connect employers with IT hiring needs to individuals who possess the skills and motivation to be successful employees, but whose non-traditional pathways to acquiring those skills too often render them “invisible” to traditional recruiting processes. Over half a million such jobs are open today, with employer demand to hire for these jobs growing faster than traditional education and training programs.
 
Within the growing network of 50 TechHire communities, who today have over 200,000 open IT jobs, Opportunity@Work will work with a range of technology, private sector and philanthropic partners to create freely available tools to streamline the sign-up and participation of thousands of employers in inclusive hiring, and to facilitate a nationwide learning network to rapidly improve the TechHire initiative’s impact.  We are also working to develop a new “pay-it-forward” financing mechanism to allow lower-income Americans to be trained and placed into good technology jobs across the United States, beginning in TechHire communities.   

Find out more about TechHire and Opportunity@Work's commitment to this initiative.

 

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What It's All About


What It's All About

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What It's All About


What It's All About

 

TechHire Success Stories

 

LaunchCode helps local economies by developing homegrown talent, creating upward mobility, and building a 21st century workforce through apprenticeships and job placements in technology. LaunchCoders are working in St. Louis, Miami, Chicago, Atlanta, Fort Knox, Boston, and more. 

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Bit Source was founded in 2014 by Pikeville businessmen Charles “Rusty” Justice and M. Lynn Parrish, who developed the idea after attending a SOAR (Shaping Our Appalachian Region) sponsored fact-finding trip to Awesome Inc., a computer-coding incubator in Lexington, Ky.

Justice and Parrish founded Bit Source as an effort to introduce a new tech sector to Eastern Kentucky; one that features coding and programming jobs that can ultimately pay wages that approach, and sometimes match and exceed, some coal-industry wages.

The Eastern Kentucky Concentrated Employment Program, Inc. (EKCEP)—the region’s workforce development organization and staff of the Eastern Kentucky Workforce Innovation Board—partnered with Justice and Parrish to help recruit potential coding interns to fill the firm’s inaugural training cohort.

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