The demand for Information Technology (IT) skills is growing in our region with almost 21,000 open tech positions each year. To address this demand, a network of companies, education/training providers, public workforce, community-based organizations, and economic development leaders formed our TechHire network. The network of partners initially came together in Fall 2015 after Akron/Summit County received its designation as a “TechHire” community by the White House, an initiative encouraging the development of accelerated training programs to prepare residents for good jobs that require IT skills.
After a recent in-depth review of labor market information, the TechHire Network has evolved to set a broader list of priorities they will take collective action to address:
- attracting more students into IT occupations experiencing a gap between supply and demand
- upskilling incumbent workers for mid-level jobs
- developing innovative funding models so residents can access training
- shifting hiring practices to be more inclusive of non-traditional training