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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 enterprise whose mission is to secure a future of robust opportunity in which all Americans can learn, pursue and realize their potential contribution, by combining the best methods and tools of civic collective action and of technology innovation eco-systems. 

We aim to create a job market where...

1. Employers hire based on ability and attitude - not just pedigree.  

2. High-quality training is accessible to anyone motivated to learn.

3. Technology is used to help people learn and land a job they can do.

 

We Need to “Re-wire” the Labor Market -- By Byron Auguste and Tyra Mariani, Co-Founders, Opportunity@Work

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?

We need to ask deeper questions about our labor market’s role in upward mobility (or immobility), because the way we assess unemployment and underemployment doesn’t tell the full story of the U.S. economy’s loss of dynamism in the past 15 years. For example, how many people are engaged by the work they do, and see a career path ahead of them? Who can clearly say: If I make the extra effort to do X, I can learn Y, and then be hired or promoted into job Z? How many can confidently quit their current job to take a better one?

Too many Americans lack that confidence, because when it comes to work, they are “stuck” without a way to translate their best efforts into economic progress. This situation undermines U.S. economic dynamism and growth, because human capital — the most valuable asset on America’s economic balance sheet — is not realizing its full value. READ MORE

 
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TechHire


Opportunity@Work + TechHire

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TechHire


Opportunity@Work + TechHire

New Resource: 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 - Opportunity@Work's first initiative aims to enable widespread adoption of inclusive hiring and accelerated training into good tech jobs, across all industries.  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.
 
Beginning with the 21 communities of the President's “TechHire” initiative, who today have over 130,000 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 (several hundred have already signed on) 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

 

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