What We Do
New Orleans’ technology sector is experiencing unprecedented growth and, consequently, a shortage of qualified workers. Current local demand is estimated between 7,000 and 9,000 jobs. Responding to this need, the City is expanding the Mayor’s Economic Opportunity Strategy to include technology training and hiring. By leveraging the Economic Opportunity Strategy’s existing infrastructure, the City is developing partnerships around vocational and non-traditional training such as MicroSoft and Cisco certification programs, coding “bootcamps” and online trainings to quickly prepare and connect job seekers to these high paying jobs of the future.
Adding these partnerships creates the starting point for a new pathway in the Strategy to careers in technology. Nevertheless, for increased prosperity to be realized, each training opportunity must be designed to result in a job. Accordingly, the City is partnering with a broad range of private sector industries requiring technology-based expertise – from the well-established IT firms and the newly launched tech startups to the hospitality and healthcare. The Strategy has been designed to demonstrate to business leaders that participation creates the potential to increase prosperity in New Orleans and also for their companies.
Resolving the shortage of qualified workers depends on reaching the most underrepresented communities. To facilitate this, we will engage grass-roots and community-based organizations to target non-traditional candidates who may have previously not been considered tech candidates. This engagement aims to raise awareness of the training and job opportunities being created but also helps job seekers reimagine themselves as potential candidates for the opportunities at hand.
For New Orleans to reach full potential, we must ensure no one is left behind. Mayor Landrieu’s Economic Opportunity Strategy seeks to introduce a new way of connecting all New Orleanians to the city’s economic growth through local training providers, social service agencies, anchor institutions and community advocates. Expanding the Strategy to include non-traditional technology training and hiring allows us to quickly prepare and connect job seekers to these high paying jobs of the future.
The City of New Orleans is also undertaking an effort to improve digital literacy and broadband adoption rates across the city. Understanding that Internet access is increasingly being thought of as a utility akin to power and water, it is critical for residents to be able to access this resource for effective participation in this 21st-century economy.
Additionally, as schools modernize, educators are increasing requiring internet accessibility to complete homework assignments. Without access to this resource at home, our children fall victim to an increasing “homework gap” where they simply do not have the resources needed to complete assignments, leading to poor performance and related issues in school. Feedback from anchor and employment partners indicate a desire for an increased digital literacy rate in New Orleans. In conjunction with the HUD ConnectHome initiative, the City of New Orleans endeavors to improve broadband adoption rates and digital literacy as another means of increasing quality of life and economic viability of its residents.
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For more information about TechHire New Orleans, contact Bill Sabo.