What We Do

The City of Flint has faced decades of systematic disinvestment and, as a consequence, is now faced with one of the nation’s most significant local government challenges, a water system that has earned national news for poisoning the City’s residents. While addressing these infrastructure challenges will require years of diligent work, the TechHire initiative presents an opportunity to shift the Flint narrative. Mayor Karen Weaver has recognized the challenges that many Flint residents face entering the workforce. Tech jobs, and the ability to hire folks based on skills and not background, creates opportunities not currently available to those who are most in need in Flint.

Rather than a focus on the monumental challenges facing the City, TechHire will help residents, stakeholders, and the nation as a whole begin to recognize the economic opportunities within Flint.

Social Impact Philanthropy and Investment (SIPI) will partner with the Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce to train 400 individuals by 2020 for employment opportunities with local employers, including sipIT, the Disability Network, and the Michigan Employer Resource Network Team, which engages 77 employers throughout Michigan. In partnership with Mott Community College, Flint TechHire will train individuals via a range of programs for the skills they need to land in-demand tech jobs in less than a year. To connect Flint TechHire graduates with jobs, SIPI and the Chamber of Commerce will work with local employers to recruit, interview, and place program graduates.

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For more information about TechHire Flint, contact Jason Ball.

IT Labor Market Landscape

Below is a snapshot of the Flint labor market demand for IT talent. These are the most demanded skills and occupations from 12/6/15 to 2/3/16.
Sources: Burning Glass Technologies and Emsi (projection data)

Open IT Occupations

115

Concentrated Demand for IT

  • 20% Flint
  • 100% Nationwide

Top Skills

Baseline Skills

  1. Communication Skills
  2. Organizational Skills
  3. Writing
  4. Troubleshooting
  5. Problem Solving

Software and Programming Skills

  1. Microsoft Excel
  2. SQL
  3. Microsoft Office
  4. Microsoft Windows
  5. Transmission Control Protocol / Internet Protocol (TCP / IP)

Top Occupations

Top 5 Occupations

  1. Software Developer / Engineer
  2. Computer Support Specialist
  3. Database Administrator
  4. Computer Programmer
  5. Network / Systems Administrator

Fastest Growing Occupations (2015-2020)

  1. Software Developers, Systems Software
  2. Computer Network Architects
  3. Network and Computer Systems Administrators
  4. Database Administrators
  5. Information Security Analysts

Community Partners

The following organizations are engaged and committing to making the Flint TechHire effort a success:

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