New America

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

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    36 Months
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    General Support/Program
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.
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for Replacing Neoliberalism - Imagining New Futures and the Strategies to Create Them  
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for analysis and communications about federal and state college- and career-readiness policies  
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for support of the Media Policy Roundtables  
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