The TechHire program started about a year ago with 20 communities. The cities work with education and training programs to train people to fill tech jobs.
The city of Seattle is the latest member of President Obama’s TechHire program, a push to get more people working in tech jobs through college and nontraditional training programs.
Obama announced the program in 2015 with 20 communities. The cities work with universities, coding boot camps and other educational programs to train people for the many tech jobs available.
Seattle will focus on placing women and people of color in technology jobs, the city said in a press release from the mayor’s office Wednesday.
“We will leverage this program and the White House’s support to launch new local initiatives, extend the impact of our Summer Youth Employment Program, and accelerate the incredible work of community partners,” Mayor Ed Murray said in a statement.
In Seattle, 3,200 open technology and engineering jobs popped up in just the past 30 days, said David Harris, startup advocate with the city. Half were for software developers. Local tech companies say they are constantly hungry to hire for such positions.
Seattle’s booming tech economy imports most of its technical talent, and coding programs have launched across the region to train people with little or no technical skills to fill the jobs.
The city said that through the program it plans to place 2,000 people in tech jobs by 2020. Seattle will partner with tech businesses such as EnergySavvy, Skytap, Substantial and Moz, along with workforce associations and coding programs includng Ada Developers Academy, Galvanize, Code Fellows and the WTIA Workforce Institute.
“We’re connecting the dots and building the community,” Harris said. “We’re getting people placed in tech jobs.”
With the TechHire designation, Seattle will get access to data and resources from the federal government to help fill the jobs and train residents. The city is not seeking federal funds for the program. It is dedicating staff time and resources to work with training programs and employers.”
The broader TechHire program includes grants for private businesses, as well as communities.