March 9, 2016 marked the one year anniversary of TechHire. Hundreds of new employers, training providers, and other community organizations have been added since the launch last year, and President Obama's challenge to double the number of TechHire communities has been met. With the addition of 15 new communities today, there are now 50 TechHire communities nationwide. If you want to learn more about TechHire or get involved, please visit TechHire.org to access additional tools and resources.
What is TechHire?
America has about 5 million open jobs today, more than at any point since 2001. Over half a million of those job openings are in fields like software development, network administration, and cybersecurity, many of which did not even exist just a decade ago. Helping more Americans train and connect to these jobs is a key element of the President’s middle-class economics agenda.
As part of that agenda, TechHire is a public-private initiative in American cities, states, and rural communities to to get more Americans rapidly trained for well-paying technology jobs. This multi-sector effort to fill critical local IT jobs is a call to action - to empower a diverse array of Americans with the skills they need to fill these jobs, including through rapid nontraditional approaches like “coding boot camps” and high-quality online courses.
50 regions with open technology jobs, and more than 600 employers, are announcing plans to work together to create more tech training opportunities. The President is challenging more to follow in their lead.
For more information about the launch of the White House TechHire Initiative click here.
For TechHire media coverage click here.
President Obama Announces the TechHire Initiative at the National League of Cities Conference on Monday March 9, 2015
Opportunity@Work supports the TechHire initiative and facilitates the successful implementation and growth of the network of partners including job training providers, employers and civic organizations. We’ve created a national learning network for all TechHire communities and hosted 19 bi-monthly webinars since 2015 on which TechHire communities share best practices, learnings, tools and resources.
Our online platform TechHire.org enables communities to share key information on their activities with their own stakeholders and makes visible the progress and collaborative work underway in each TechHire community. It also connects employers with quality candidates to fill their IT jobs through TechHire, shares data on open IT positions, and provides an opportunity to share progress and exchange best practices.
We are also developing 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.
As part of our work to accelerate and facilitate the scaling of TechHire, in August 2015 we hit the ground running in Rhode Island, co-designing a national model for the TechHire initiative, TechHire Rhode Island. This statewide initiative delivers in-demand tech talent for Rhode Island companies in collaboration with Governor Raimondo, a host of state agencies, local businesses, educational institutions and community-based organizations. Since the launch of TechHire RI, Rhode Island has expanded from 8 to more than 35 employer partners from across industry. Like other TechHire communities, TechHire RI works with employers and industry partners to create solutions to rapidly expand the local IT talent pool, deliver best-in-class training and bootcamps aligned to real IT jobs, and fund near- and long-term success. Learn more about TechHire Rhode Island HERE.
Making TechHire a success will involve the collaboration of many different stakeholders. Whether you are a company ready to hire through TechHire channels, or a web developer willing to share your skills, we want to hear from you! How can you help unlock the full potential of America's workforce through TechHire? Please let us know below and we will contact you with additional information.