The White House announced plans Monday to partner with Delaware and 21 metropolitan areas and regions nationwide to get qualified applicants into the more than 500,000 unfilled IT jobs in the U.S.
“If we’re not producing enough tech workers, over time that’s going to threaten our leadership and global innovation, which is the bread and butter of the 21st century economy,” President Barack Obama said at remarks announcing the initiative at a meeting of the National League of Cities.
According to a fact sheet from the White House, TechHire is a “bold multi-sector effort and call to action to empower Americans with the skills they need, through universities and community colleges but also nontraditional approaches.”
Under TechHire, 21 cities and regions will partner with companies to find new ways to fill open technology jobs by recruiting and placing applicants based on their skill set. The list of participating regions range from cities, including New York City, to counties, to the entire rural region of eastern Kentucky.