"TechHire, an initiative powered by Opportunity@Work in partnership with the U.S. Department of Education, is a nationwide, community-based movement that helps
underrepresented and overlooked job seekers start technology careers. TechHire works with community partners and education providers that teach in-demand skills to
people who want to take part in the modern economy—from overlooked youth, to veterans, to the long-term unemployed. Then, TechHire helps them find jobs by
connecting them to a network of employers looking for tech talent.
TechHire was launched out of the White House in 2015 in 21 pilot communities. Since then, TechHire grew to a network of 237 training partners and 1300 employers, in 72 communities across the country, to help 4000+ people find jobs."- TechHire.org
In 2015, Pittsburgh received designation from the White House as a TechHire region. TechHire is intended to create pathways to tech jobs across industry sectors and meet urgent employer demand for talent in high demand technology occupations. TechHire primarily focuses on tech occupations that do not require a four year degree but which do offer multiple pathways for upward mobility, including degree attainment.
Locally, the TechHire initiative is led by the Partner4Work, Allegheny Conference on Community Development and the City of Pittsburgh in collaboration with many partners from the business community, government, education, philanthropy and non-profit organizations.
Together we seek to:
The tech careers in the region are projected to grow 2.5 times faster than the rest of economy. These opportunities include both traditional entry-level IT jobs as well as tech jobs in energy, manufacturing, healthcare, logistics and other sectors. These jobs create the possibility for achievement into mid-skilled jobs without the requirement of a 4-year college degree.
We have secured initial funding to support the TechHire vision and invite employers and other partners to help shape the specific solutions we hope to implement in our region.
QA analysts test websites and/or software to search for any issues. They document any problems and devise creative solutions to solve each problem. This track will be approximately 20 hours per week for 12 weeks.
Web developers create, design, and update everything from layout to function of a website. This track will be 40 hours per week for 16 weeks.