Today there are over half a million unfilled jobs in Information Technology (IT) across all sectors of the economy. These IT jobs make up approximately 12% of the 5 million jobs openings in the United States, making IT the largest occupational category for open jobs right now. In the Milwaukee region, IT occupations are expected to grow by 12.5% over the next 10 years. Specific occupations such as web developer, software developer, computer systems analyst, and information security analyst are all expected to grow at a rate greater than 15% by 2026.
The City of Milwaukee, with Employ Milwaukee serving as lead agency, was designated as a White House TechHire City on March 9, 2016. TechHire is helping to train workers for the high-skill, high-wage jobs of tomorrow. For additional information, go to the White House TechHire page https://www.whitehouse.gov/issues/technology/techhire and Milwaukee’s TechHire.org page http://techhire.staging.wpengine.com/community/milwaukee/.
In addition, Employ Milwaukee received a H-1B TechHire Partnership grant from the U.S. Department of Labor in 2016 to provide workers the skills for a pathway to the middle class while providing employers with the skilled technology workers needed to grow and expand local businesses. Employ Milwaukee will collaborate with St. Louis, MO and Cincinnati, OH to share best practices, develop state-of-the art IT curriculum, train participants, and connect job seekers to well-paying jobs in IT. Over the next four years, this partnership will serve 400 young adults (200 in Milwaukee), as well as 100 low-wage and long-term unemployed adults (50 in Milwaukee). Young adults ages 17-29 with a high school degree or equivalent and barriers to employment will be served, as well as incumbent workers and long-term unemployed. Training and placement will focus on occupations such as computer systems analysts, web developers, applications software developers, systems software developers, and computer user support specialists.