Since 2013, St. Louis employers, training providers, civic institutions and non-profits have collaborated to create a functioning pathway for non-traditional candidates to move into high-demand, career-path occupations in technology. With the leadership of anchor employers like Anheuser-Busch, Boeing, MasterCard and Monsanto, more than 150 employers in the region have become partners with LaunchCode, thereby committing to consider individuals with non-traditional background when hiring for IT positions. Through LaunchCode’s registered apprenticeship program, more than 275 people have gotten their start in an upwardly mobile career in a high-growth field. The career pathway built by St. Louis’s TechHire community has created a flourishing environment for accelerated tech training, too. Blue 1647 is delivering technical skill training to individuals from underserved communities. In partnership with Washington University, LaunchCode is training a cohort of more than 200 in Harvard’s CS50x programming curriculum. And St. Louis Agency for Training and Employment, along with St. Louis Community College and LaunchCode created a twenty-week immersive bootcamp for the long-term unemployed called RebootU. Through TechHire partnerships, St. Louis is providing career opportunities to help articulate a vision of a city with a deep pool of technology talent that makes it a haven for technology startups, entrepreneurship and growth.
For more information about TechHire St. Louis, contact Jeff Mazur.
Terrence taught himself computer programming while working a full-time job. He knew he had the skills to be a programmer, but didn’t have a college degree or a typical resume. He found LaunchCode, and in his own words, “it completely changed my life. I have my career; I can’t even put it into words.”
St. Louis TechHire is finding a path into technology careers for people like LaShana Lewis, who despite a love for programming couldn’t break through with employers. She had the skill but hadn’t gotten a chance. But LaunchCode helped LaShana get an apprenticeship with MasterCard, which she completed successfully to become a systems engineer.
Below is a snapshot of the St. Louis 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
Network / Systems Administrator
Computer Support Specialist
Fastest Growing Occupations (2015-2020)
Information Security Analysts
Software Developers, Systems Software
Computer Systems Analysts
Computer and Information Research Scientists
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 St. Louis TechHire effort a success:
HL Group, Inc.
Health Scope Benefits
St. Louis Medical Clinic
TechGuard Security, LLC
KE2 Therm Solutions
Store Supply Warehouse
Sitting Duck Advertising
Simplicity Software LLC
The Karlen Group
People's Community Action Corporation
Mira Smart Conferencing
Camits Consulting, LLC
Studio Network Solutions
Frames By Mail
ielectronics / Cobalt Communications, Inc
PayPike / Everyday Time Solutions, LLC
Mid America Transplant
Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis
Level 3 Communications
Enterprise Bank & Trust
Covenant Technology Partners
The Cool Kids
LADS Network Solutions, Inc.
Daugherty Business Solutions
Yellow Brick Creative Studio
Connectria Managed Hosting
Statistical Research, Inc.
Thomson Printing, Creative & Graphics
Public Funds Investment Tracking & Reporting
Schnuck Markets, Inc
SafeVision, LLCSafeVision, LLC
Oakwood Systems Group
Rawlings Sporting Goods
Price Waterhouse Cooper (PwC) formerly BGT Digital