The Obama administration has issued $150 million in U.S. Department of Labor grants for 39 technology-related partnerships in 25 states and Washington, D.C. Awardees will use this money to launch innovative training and placement models to foster tech talent as a way to retain and generate jobs in local economies. President Barack Obama emphasizes the grants will enable more communities to broaden their own local tech sectors, while the White House cites a large and expanding unmet demand for tech workers. This demand can be addressed via advancements in training and hiring using programs such as "coding bootcamps."
Last year Obama established TechHire, a multi-sector initiative and call to action for cities, states, and rural regions to work with employees so coding bootcamps and other new tech training opportunities can be designed and implemented in a few months. Common practices in the TechHire partnerships include expanding access to accelerated learning programs that provide a rapid path to jobs. Others include stressing inclusion by exploiting high demand for tech jobs and new training and hiring strategies to enhance access to tech jobs for all citizens.
TechHire partnerships also seek to apply data and innovative hiring practices toward the expansion of openness to non-traditional hiring by working with employers to build robust data on where they have the greatest demand.
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