7 Places to Look for Your Next Tech Hire
At face value, this seems like an inevitable gap between supply and demand. And yet, there are extraordinarily successful organizations that are working to ensure that our out-of-school youth are trained, skilled, and seeking additional education. These organizations are challenging the traditional notion of what the right IT/technology hire looks like by focusing on a pool of atypical talent: Opportunity Youth (i.e. young adults between the ages of 16 and 24 who are out of school and out of work).
By obtaining IT or tech skills, Opportunity Youth can earn an impressive average annual salary of $47,856, while simultaneously closing the IT/technology gap. Here are seven superstar organizations that are developing the future of IT by connecting the 5.8 million 16-24 year olds currently being overlooked by employers to meaningful, life changing opportunities:
1. NPower is a catalyst for tech skill-building and empowerment in North America. Through their Technology Skills Corps program, NPower is mobilizing the tech community and providing Opportunity Youth with the skills and opportunities they need to start their careers in IT. Serving youth in New York, New Jersey, North Texas, Toronto, and the Bay Area, more than 80% of alumni are employed or pursuing higher education within one year of graduation.
2. Genesys Works recently received national recognition from the President of the United States. Why? Because of the notable work Genesys Works is doing to provide low-income, underprivileged high school seniors with meaningful internship experiences in IT, engineering, finance, and accounting. Serving inner-city youth in Chicago, Houston, the Twin Cities and the Bay Area, this high rewards, high demand program is ensuring Opportunity Youth succeed as corporate technology professionals and developing the talent pool of major corporations.
3. Year Up is known as a direct service powerhouse with a big heart and even bigger outcomes. Located in 13 cities, Year Up is a one-year, intensive training program that provides low-income young adults with a combination of hands-on IT skill development, college credits, corporate internships, and support. Year Up graduates make an average of $16/hour ($32,000/year) and 85% of Year Up alumni are either employed or attending college full-time within four months of graduating from the program.
4. Creating IT Futures Foundation is creating on-ramps for more people to prepare for, secure and succeed in IT careers. From teens to unemployed and under-employed adults, Creating IT Futures Foundation connects populations that traditionally have been under-represented in the IT workforce to training, certification, and employers. Nearly 95 percent of graduates from its IT-Ready program earn their CompTIA A+ certification and 80 percent move into paid IT roles.
5. Skillpoint Alliance provides technology and workforce development trainings to Central Texans from underserved populations. Skillpoint’s NEXT program combines IT training and professional skill development as a resource for customizable job training to fill much-needed jobs. So far, the Skillpoint alliance has served 136,319 individuals, successfully preparing the existing workforce for today’s technology-focused world and ensuring the future high-tech workforce grows as quickly as the technology sector need.
6. Youth Radio is an award-winning, altruistic organization brimming with young talent. Serving 420 youth per year in Los Angeles, Atlanta, and Washington DC, Youth Radio offers training in digital media and technology, all at no cost to young adults. Youth Radio partners with industry professionals to teach these young adults how to produce marketable media for large audiences, creating 250 jobs each year for low-income youth.
7. JobTrain is a non-profit based in the Bay Area that is committed to helping those who are most in need to succeed. JobTrain offers a number of programs for out-of-school youth who are seeking ways to upgrade their skills or learn new ones. One of their programs, the IT Developer Bootcamp provides coding and web developing classes for Opportunity Youth. These courses, which would ordinarily cost $7,000 to $20,000, are completely free for qualified students.
These organizations are doing more than developing IT skills and building futures. They are developing local talent that is meeting the ever-growing needs employers have for a qualified workforce. A need that we know for certain will only continue to grow.
The GradsofLifeVoice Forbes team provides thought leadership, research and expert commentary on innovative talent pipelines and related issues such as the skills gap, income inequality, workforce diversity, and the business case for employment pathways. We seek to change employers’ perceptions of young adults with atypical resumes from social liabilities to economic assets. This post was originally featured here.
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