Indianapolis has joined 49 other regions nationwide as being recognized by the White House for efforts to expand access to tech training and jobs. The TechHire distinction is the result of continuing innovative solutions to create efficient pathways to high demand and high wage careers in the rapidly growing local tech industry.
“I applaud the work being done in Indianapolis to create opportunities and fill the high demand jobs that are available in our community,” said Mayor Joe Hogsett. “This distinction proves that people from all backgrounds can find high quality opportunities in the tech industry, right here in Indianapolis. Our city continues to grow and thrive and this announcement is further validation of the positive steps we are taking to become a force in the global tech and IT industries.”
In March of 2015, President Obama launched the TechHire Initiative to empower Americans with the skills they need, through universities and community colleges as well as nontraditional approaches for rapid and flexible paths to tech training. This initiative was the result of a critical need for skilled talent across the county. Indianapolis and Marion County is an area facing this need. Based on recent studies conducted by Hire Up Indy, the IT industry currently employees more than 36,000 residents and is expected to grow by more than 13 percent by the end of the decade. Further data shows that the region will add 51,500 net new tech enabled jobs by 2025, but current education outputs stand to only produce half of the needed credentials and degrees to fill those jobs, which range from short-term credentials and up- skilling through immersive “boot camps” to bachelor’s and advanced degrees. To address this need, EmployIndy, Marion County’s workforce development board along with both education and employer partners have come together to identify the necessary skills needed by employers for residents to begin a career ladder in the IT industry and build upon their experiences.
Thanks to partnerships with TechPoint and Eleven Fifty Academy, a multi-faceted strategy has been put in place to expand work-based learning opportunities and internships in the region by leveraging both TechPoint’s Xtern Bootcamp program and Eleven Fifty’s model of delivering rapid and immersive coding curriculum to students of varied ages and backgrounds. Using its Business Partnerships division, EmployIndy is able to assess, screen and place qualified applicants to meet the talent needs of local tech employers from these diverse education pathways. Wednesday’s recognition from the White House not only further establishes Central Indiana as an emerging technology development region, but also shows the effectiveness of the area’s innovative strategies to produce talent for the booming IT industry.
“It’s no secret that tech is booming in Central Indiana,” said Chelsea Meldrum, EmployIndy’s vice president of development. “This exciting distinction is validation to the great work and partnerships formed to advance opportunities for our residents to earn high wage, high demand opportunities in the industry. It’s not a one-size-fits all solution and EmployIndy is committed to providing access to the tech talent highway so that anyone, regardless of background, can pursue these careers.”
“Seeing Indianapolis recognized for the growth we are experiencing in the tech community is very exciting,” said Mike Langellier, CEO of TechPoint. “While we are grateful and honored by the White House distinction, we are also focused on the goal to keep the region thriving. TechPoint is excited to further the work needed to connect residents to opportunities in the tech industry and will continue to work with our employer partners to help create those pathways by expanding work-based learning opportunities for people pursuing tech careers.”
“Eleven Fifty Academy is grateful for the TechHire distinction, which reflects our mission of building an ecosystem of coding talent that financially benefits the individual, their employer, and their community” says Eleven Fifty Academy President John Qualls. “The TechHire acknowledgement further propels our coding academy to create even greater impact in both scope and timing. Go Code!”
Indianapolis’ TechHire announcement was part of 15 cities and regions across the country, which now total 50 receiving the distinction since 2015. For more information and for media inquiries, please contact Brian Van Bokkelen, EmployIndy’s communications manager.
EmployIndy is a Marion County nonprofit organization that provides expertise, identifies tools and prioritizes resources to develop, create or find the best talent needed to power the Marion County economy. Guided by a 21-member board composed of business, civic, education and nonprofit community leaders, EmployIndy guides the investment of public and private funds to meet the needs of Indianapolis businesses and residents. For more information, visit www.EmployIndy.org or view the 2014-2015 Report to the Community.