They tell us that employment is on the rise and that US companies are on a hiring spree (not that I’ve seen around here). We are also told that there is a plethora of empty tech jobs. In fact, the government tell us there are 500,000 empty tech jobs.
To fill this gap the Obama administration has created TechHire Initiative. It is a $100 million program that is aimed at convincing companies and small government that you don’t need a four-year degree to learn tech skills.
This is exactly the concept that many small startups and online companies have been pushing for years. It is not a new concept in areas like Silicon Valley, but other areas have been slow to catch on. The TechHire Initiative is there to develop some alternative education standards that corporate America will accept.
They are currently working on a guide that will help employers find tech workers from outside the box and they are working to develop a standardized tech aptitude test that they can provide to employers and training organizations to find qualified applicants, even if they don’t have a degree.
The new TechHire Initiative is also being helped along by the Department of Labor who are planning to fund $100 million in grants to companies that help underrepresented groups. The group #YesWeCode has also donated $10 million in scholarships to fund 2,000 minorities in a coding bootcamp.