“When these tech jobs go unfilled, it’s a missed opportunity for low-wage workers who could transform their earnings potential with just a little bit of training. And that costs our whole economy in terms of lost wages and productivity”
Creating Pathways to Better, Well-Paying Tech Jobs and Meeting Urgent Employer Demand Across the U.S.
- Using data and innovative hiring practices to expand openness to non-traditional hiring
- Expanding models for training that prepare students in months, not years
- Active local leadership to connect people to jobs with hiring on ramp programs
Over twenty forward-leaning communities are committing to take action – working with each other and with national employers – to expand access to tech jobs. To kick off TechHire, 21 regions, with over 120,000 open technology jobs and more than 300 employer partners in need of this workforce, are announcing plans to work together to new ways to recruit and place applicants based on their actual skills and to create more fast track tech training opportunities. The President is challenging other communities across the country to follow their lead.
FACT SHEET: President Obama Launches New TechHire Initiative
President Obama Announces Multi-Sector Effort and Call to Action to Give Americans Pathways to Well-Paying Technology Jobs; Makes Available $100 Million in Grants
The President and his Administration are focused on promoting middle class economics to ensure that all Americans can contribute to and benefit from our American resurgence. Part of that effort requires empowering every American with the education and training they need to earn higher wages. Today’s announcement is the latest part of that effort: In his remarks to the National League of Cities, the President will announce his TechHire initiative, including a new campaign to work with communities to get more Americans rapidly trained for well-paying technology jobs.
Middle class economics has driven the President from day one, and it is what has fueled our comeback. On Friday, we learned that our economy created nearly 300,000 new jobs in February. American businesses have now added more than 200,000 jobs a month for the past 12 months, the longest streak of job creation at that pace in 37 years. All told, over the past five years, our businesses have created 12 million new jobs.
- Over twenty forward-leaning communities are committing to take action – working with each other and with national employers – to expand access to tech jobs
- $100 million in new Federal investments to train and connect more workers to a good job in technology and other in-demand fields
- Private sector boosts tools and resources to support and expand continued innovation in technology training, with a focus on reaching under-served populations