Oakland committed to place 400 individuals into paid internships or full-time jobs by the end of 2015 through several accelerated pathways. Oakland partner #YesWeCode is providing low cost access to coding bootcamps as well as securing 300 apprenticeships and job commitments over the next five years from over 200 partners including Square, Lyft, Pinterest, and Twitter. Through the dedication of our partners participates were placed in 86 paid internship and 326 full-time jobs in 2015.
In 2016, Oakland will expand partnerships with companies located throughout the East Bay. Local training organizations including The Hidden Genius Project, Stride Center, Hack the Hood, the David E. Glover Center and the Peralta Community Colleges are coordinating with resource partners on a comprehensive pipeline to expose local youth and underrepresented communities to opportunities in the tech field and provide points of entry for a range of developer and engineering certificates. Local firms including Raizlabs, Clef, Captricity, NPM, Uber, Pandora, City of Oakland and Fluid Financial have participated in the formation of East Bay TechEquity, an open source community to support diversity in hiring, mentorship and other programs.
Intel has invested $5 million into the Oakland Unified School District to support engineering and computer science programs at high schools affecting 2,400 students. Intel has committed to continue support for these students through college and onto placements within the company. Companies including Pixar and SAP are also investing in computer science programs in Oakland schools to expand their hiring pipelines and student access to tech jobs.
After graduating from college with a degree in Community and Regional Development, Oakland native Leo Martin struggled to find a job. He sought additional education to adapt to the changing landscape of work in the Bay Area, and was drawn to Hack the Hood for the opportunity to learn how to build websites for small businesses in his community. But once Leo began our Spring 2015 Bootcamp, he soon realized that the program could offer him much more.
Below is a snapshot of the Oakland 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
Concentrated Demand for IT
Software and Programming Skills
Top 5 Occupations
Software Developer / Engineer
Computer Support Specialist
Network / Systems Administrator
Fastest Growing Occupations (2015-2020)
Information Security Analysts
Software Developers, Applications
Computer User Support Specialists
Computer Systems Analysts
The concentrated demand for IT is a calculation of the local number of open IT job postings divided by local employment.
The following organizations are engaged and committing to making the Oakland TechHire effort a success:
City of Oakland
Kapor Center for Social Impact
East Bay College Fund
The Stride Center
Hack The Hood
Yes We Code
The Hidden Genius Project
The Reset Foundation
David E. Glover Education and Technology Center
California Emerging Tech Fund
Sustainable Systems/East Bay Broadband Consortium
Forward Change Consulting
City of Oakland, Mayor's Office
City of Oakland, Economic and Workforce Development