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ERIC Number: ED567872
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2016-May
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
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Six Effective Approaches for TechHire Initiatives: Lessons from the Field
Smith, Tara; Wilson, Randall
Jobs For the Future
Information technology jobs are among the fastest growing occupations in the country, spanning many industries, yet over a half million IT job openings are unfilled. Many of these jobs do not require university degrees and could be filled by unemployed or underemployed Americans if they obtain training in a community college or certificate program. To meet the growing demand for skilled tech workers and to foster opportunities for entering the tech field, the Obama Administration announced the launch of the TechHire initiative in 2015. TechHire is a network of regions across the country that are working to build an ecosystem where government, employers, training providers, and other stakeholders work together in collective action to achieve a unified goal--developing a pipeline of diverse talent to meet employers' rapidly growing IT workforce demands. This brief provides profiles of six TechHire communities that demonstrate six innovative and effective approaches for tech industry training. Each of the communities profiled employs one or more of the following approaches: (1) Encourage strong employer participation across a variety of roles; (2) Design accelerated and stacked programs focusing on technical and practical skills; (3) Emphasize the importance of students learning the tech industry work culture; (4) Expand opportunities for underrepresented populations; (5) Use systems change as a key program driver; and (6) Leverage and braid funding across federal and other funding streams These approaches and the lessons learned are discussed in detail, along with community profiles.
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: Jobs for the Future
Identifiers - Location: California (Los Angeles); Kentucky (Louisville); Missouri; New York (New York); Oregon (Portland)