June 28, 2016
“When these tech jobs go unfilled, it’s a missed opportunity for the workers, but it’s also a missed opportunity for your city, your community, your county, your state, and our nation.” — President Barack Obama
National League of Cities Annual Conference, March 9, 2015
YESTERDAY, VICE PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN and Labor Secretary Thomas Perez announced that YPI was awarded a $4 million TechHire grant for Los Angeles, as part of the release of $150 million for 39 partnerships across the country. TechHire is a signature initiative of the White House to launch innovative training and placement models for developing tech talent. Having a pipeline of tech talent can be a critical factor in bringing new jobs to local economies, facilitating business growth, and lifting more local residents into the middle class.
The LA Promise Zone TechHire Project will train and place 400 clients over four years in technology positions such as web developers. The project partners with two training providers, Sabio and The Firehose Project, to offer online and in-person training via “technology boot camps.” 50% of clients served will be disabled, have limited English proficiency, or have a criminal record; the rest will be veterans, and other unemployed and underemployed residents of the Los Angeles Promise Zone
and LA Promise Neighborhood
YPI is partnering with Mayor Garcetti, the City of LA Workforce Development Board, LA Community College District, the Los Angeles Area and Hollywood Chambers of Commerce, and city and county departments.