By Hallie Golden // March 11, 2015
With more than 500,000 IT jobs across the country waiting to be filled, the White House is leading a new effort to expand the pool of qualified applicants.
Announced Monday, the "TechHire" initiative is aimed at expanding the tech workforce namely by employing short, innovative training techniques to prepare more people for the field, according to the White House. The effort, which is spearheaded by the Office of Science and Technology Policy and the National Economic Council, already brought together 21 community leaders, representing a combined 120,000 unfilled tech jobs. Many large private sector companies are also working toward the initiative’s goal.
Their work will be aimed primarily at expanding access to tech employment for unemployed low-skilled and other underrepresented segments of the population.
The TechHire initiative team identified two effective techniques to achieve such a result: dynamic and quick, job-driven training and job placement. The initiative includes a $100 million federal grant competition. The money will be awarded to those teams that design groundbreaking methods for job training and placement.
“Getting Americans trained to fill these well-paying jobs is not only the right thing to do, but it's also an economic imperative,” Jeff Zients, director ...