TechHire, Opportunity@Work's flagship project, is a national initiative to create pathways for more Americans to access well-paying tech jobs and expand local tech sectors in communities across the country. Originally announced by President Obama in 2015 as a public-private initiative in 21 pilot communities, TechHire has become a rapidly growing national movement in 50+ U.S. cities, states, and rural regions.
TechHire enables employers to fill entry-level, career-path, skilled tech jobs, by hiring trained job seekers with the ability to do the job - but who are overlooked by typical hiring practices and/or underrepresented in the IT field. In its pilot year, TechHire grew to include over 1000 employers, 400 community and training partners, and placed over 2300 people into jobs.
How Opportunity@work supports techhire
Opportunity@Work supports TechHire in four key areas:
BUILD THE MOVEMENT
- Mobilize key stakeholders to support and join TechHire
- Amplify community and employer success stories and impact
- Recruit and support new TechHire communities to join
- Facilitate events in support of TechHire’s mission, such as CodeSprints, hackathons, regional convenings and employer roundtables
SUPPORT TECHHIRE HUBS TO IMPLEMENT AND SCALE TECHHIRE
- Help identify and secure funding for TechHire community activities
- Provide access to regional labor market data through partnerships with Burning Glass, Linkedin and Glassdoor
- Create partnerships and securing resources to support the needs of the TechHire network
- Identify and share best practices and facilitating a national learning network
- Provide tools to ensure communities know where to start and how to progress, including the TechHire playbook, toolkits, and an impact tracking dashboard
- Aggregate resources and partnerships in support of overlooked and underrepresented individuals progressing along tech career pathways
GROW AND SUPPORT THE NATIONAL EMPLOYER NETWORK
- Sign up employers to join TechHire and provide tools to facilitate the
discovery of overlooked and underrepresented talent
- Facilitate the sharing of best practices and aggregating regional demand for candidates from non-traditional backgrounds
IMPLEMENT RHODE ISLAND LEARNING LAB
- Lead the overall implementation of TechHire Rhode Island in partnership with key local and national partners, with the goal of placing 2,000 Rhode Islanders into IT jobs in 5 years and building a national model for demand-driven tech talent development.
New cities, employers and partners are joining the TechHire movement every day to expand job opportunity and economic growth in their areas. To learn more about TechHire communities, apply or join today, please visit techhire.org