New America

For Support Of Opportunity@Work, To Improve Hiring Of Nontraditional Candidates In Technology Fields

  • Amount
    $750,000
  • Program
  • Date Awarded
    3/21/2016
  • Term
    11 Months
  • Type of Support
    General Support/Program
Overview
Today, high demand for STEM-related jobs is not met with adequate supply—the median duration of vacancies in STEM roles is more than twice that in other fields. To address this, in 2015 the Obama administration announced TechHire, a public-private partnership to create more fast-track tech training opportunities in high-paying IT fields such as cybersecurity, network administration, and data analytics, and to improve job placement. Opportunity@Work was launched shortly thereafter, and has made TechHire its first initiative. Opportunity@Work aims to improve the accessibility and usability of information available for job seekers, employers, and providers of job skills education and training; and to improve the ability of and incentives for companies—starting with the currently over 400 employers in the 31 communities that have committed to the TechHire initiative—to hire more workers with the skills, but not necessarily the pedigree, to do the job.
About the Grantee
Grantee Website
www.newamerica.net 
Address
740 15th St., NW, Unit 900
Washington, DC 20005

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