New Haven part of initiative to help worker’s develop tech skills

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH)– Technology is a growing field but there are still a lot of open jobs that need to be filled.

The White House is taking steps to help more students and workers develop their tech skills. The Techhire Initiative was launched one year ago. And now the administration is announcing new steps to help develop the American workforce’s tech skills.

The initiative launched last year with 21 Techhire communities. New Haven is one of them, it was part of the third wave of those communities.

The New Haven Techhire Initiatives includes city government, the Connecticut Department of Labor and New Haven Works as some of its partners. They’ll be launching a pilot program to train and place more than 100 people in tech jobs over the next year and that includes workers with criminal records.

Techire Initiative facts:

  • Techhire worked with 300 employers:
  • 500,000 open technology jobs in the U.S
  • Open jobs in industries like health care & manufacturing
  • Many tech jobs pay 50% more than private sector jobs
  • Techhire has grown to 50 communities

When it was launched Techhire worked with more than 300 employers to help workers develop the tech skills they need. That’s especially important because right now more than half a million of today’s open jobs are in technology fields like cyber security and software development. These jobs are not just in Silicon Valley, many are in industries like retail, health care, transportation or manufacturing.

And many of these jobs pay 50 percent more than the average private sector job. Now a year later the administration says the Techhire initiative has grown to a total of 50 communities across the country and more than 600 employers.

Friday President Obama will be a keynote speaker at South by Southwest in Austin, that’s an event for creative thinkers, makers, coders and entrepreneurs from across the country.

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