1. What is TechHire?
Originally announced by President Obama in 2015 as a public-private initiative in 21 pilot communities, TechHire has become a rapidly growing national movement in 50+ U.S. cities, states, and rural regions.
TechHire expands job opportunity and economic growth by enabling regional employers to fill hundreds of thousands of entry-level, career-path, skilled tech jobs, by hiring trained job seekers with the ability to do the job - but who are overlooked by typical hiring practices and/or underrepresented in the IT field.
Stages of Implementing TechHire
(1) Apply: Learn more + Apply for TechHire
- Understand how the TechHire ecosystem works and how to maximize its benefits
- Assess your region and its job seeker and employer needs
- Start building your network of employers and education providers
- Set goals with partners on what you want to accomplish through your TechHire effort
- Work with your local civic leadership (including Mayor’s/ Governors offices)
- Set up an advisory council to support your process
- Apply to be a TechHire community
(2) Get Started: Convene Key Stakeholders and Finalize Roles and Goals
- Engage stakeholders like 1) state and city leaders, 2) employers 3) accelerated tech training providers 4) workforce development organizations 5) other community-based, industry-based and civic organizations
- Set and align on goals together and develop a clear path for your next steps
(3) Test and Build: Grow Your Employer Network and Ready Job Seekers
- Begin piloting, learning and tracking results for existing or newly created initiatives
- Measure and report on progress to key partners and stakeholders. Meet regularly with key partners and Advisory Council
- Focus and prioritize growing the employer network
- Identity existing or build new training programs
- Identify key support services for job seekers success
(4) Scale and Grow: Increase the Number of Job Placements
- Expand and replicate best practices, successful training models and skill validation and matching tools.
- Grow the number of partners
- Promote case studies and success stories to key audiences to mobilize support, engaging key employer partners as brand ambassadors to recruit more employers.
(5) Sustain: Community-Level Impact
- Focus on securing new sources of funding to grow and scale successful interventions and training programs
- Document and share best practices
- Expand reach to include new geographies
- Expand interventions to include hard to reach populations
- Strategize for community-wide impact on economic growth and upward mobility
2. The TechHire Ecosystem
A TechHire Hub is a region-wide collaboration of state and local public sector (e.g., governors, mayors, county executives), local/regional employers and industry groups, higher education and training institutions, technology associations, and important community-based and civic organizations.
One local organization - with a strong reputation in both the business and educational communities - serves as TechHire Hub Operator, convening regional TechHire partners, facilitating goal setting, and tracking progress.
The TechHire network is comprised of TechHire Hub Operators, committed employers, educational and civic institutions across the 50+ TechHire hubs, and a growing set of national partners.
3. TechHire Applicant Requirements
The process for applying for TechHire is as follows:
- Review details and requirements and assess your community’s readiness
- Submit a completed sign-up form for review through TechHire.org or the White House TechHire site
- The White House reviews your application and if selected, your announcement may be incorporated into White House materials in the coming months and your organization and relevant partners may be invited to participate in upcoming White House events on this topic
- Once you receive the TechHire designation, you will have access to many benefits including
- Toolkits and how-to guides and templates for how to implement TechHire successfully in your community
- Access to national partnerships benefitting the TechHire network, including free access to regional labor market data, educational resources, events, software and data management and dashboards for your community
- Participation in the TechHire national learning network with 50+ communities, 400+ partners and TechHire-wide events and convenings
- Best practices, case studies and branding toolkits to assist you in mobilizing resources, new employer and community partners to your efforts
- Use of the TechHire brand and opportunities to promote your work to key audiences
To sign up for TechHire, you must:
- Be an organization within the region applying to become a designated TechHire Hub
- Be available for contact by email or telephone during the evaluation process
- Submit the form by the current application deadline for new applications which is July 15, 2016
4. TechHire Hub Criteria
Successful TechHire Communities consist of (1) a cohesive ecosystem that includes multiple relevant stakeholders in the local technology training and job-placement space, and (2) institutional support that fosters ongoing growth and improvement. The success of the TechHire initiative is measured by the number of job seekers from underrepresented backgrounds (including minorities, women, and low-income people) that get placed into in-demand, entry-level, career-path IT jobs.
(1) A cohesive ecosystem consisting of multiple stakeholders in the local technology training and job placement space, including:
- One coordinating local organization (non-profit or private sector), with a strong reputation in both the local business and educational communities to serve as the "TechHire Hub Operator." They are responsible for:
- Recruiting employers, training providers and workforce development organizations to join the effort
- Convening regional TechHire partners for regular meetings and events
- Facilitating goal setting utilizing innovative hiring data and employer feedback
- Tracking progress on a regular basis
- A group of local employers committed to:
- Considering nontraditionally trained candidates for open IT roles
- Providing feedback on what roles they would consider a nontraditionally trained candidate for
- Providing feedback on the nontraditionally trained candidate’s success to TechHire partners
- An accelerated education/training provider organization (can be connected to traditional higher ed or independent organization) that
- Develops curriculum based on labor market data and feedback from employers on in-demand skills for IT jobs
- Places students in jobs with 70% or higher job placements for all graduates
- A local workforce development organizations (e.g., workforce investment board, government office of workforce development, etc.)
- Reaches and recruits underrepresented or overlooked populations for training and job opportunities.
- Provides IT skills training, job readiness services, or basic training as an on-ramp to more advanced IT training
- Provides additional wrap-around support services to job seekers
(2) Institutional support that fosters ongoing growth and improvement
- Establish a local TechHire Advisory Board that consists of at least one employer, training provider, on-ramp program and workforce development organization with plans to convene monthly and align on TechHire priorities and goals. At least one mechanism for placing TechHire job seekers into paid employment opportunities with TechHire committed employers (e.g. on-ramp program or job-matching website platform)
- Funding from city/state government or philanthropy for services for job seekers and training (recommended,
but not required)
- Mayor or Governor involvement and support for the effort
Contact TechHire for more information or with questions about the application process: firstname.lastname@example.org