Apply to be a TechHire Community

Thank you for your interest in joining TechHire!  The TechHire Community application period is currently closed.

The next application period will be announced later this year.  Information about the application process and eligibility criteria will be updated when the application period opens. If you have specific questions, please review the FAQs below, or email us at [email protected].

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

  1. What is [email protected]?
  2. How does [email protected] support TechHire?
  3. What Is TechHire?
  4. What is the role of the TechHire Community Lead Organization?
  5. What are the expectations of the TechHire Community Lead Organization?
  6. What are the benefits of the being a TechHire Community?
  7. When is the next application deadline?

1. What is [email protected]?  

[email protected] is a nonprofit social enterprise with a mission to expand access to career opportunities so that all Americans can work, learn, and earn to their full potential in a dynamic economy. We believe rewiring the U.S. labor market is fundamental to advancing human potential and realizing equal opportunity. [email protected] strategy to rewire the U.S. labor market is anchored by three pillars:

  • Transforming Hiring Practices – We are working with employers to change the way they hire. By building a hiring channel that focuses on skills and competency instead of pedigree and history, we are enabling employers to hire candidates who can do the job and may otherwise have been overlooked.
  • Expanding Learning Pathways[email protected] is making information about training and education accessible to anyone who has the aptitude and motivation to learn to enable more Americans to take that next step.
  • Pioneering Talent Financing[email protected] is pioneering new talent financing vehicles to ensure that talented people with the motivation and aptitude to learn can afford to take that risk. Too often, the financial risk associated with pursuing an education falls solely on the individual. By creating risk-sharing and income sharing models that are based on outcomes, not on history, [email protected] is building a model necessary for developing a  21st  century workforce.

2. What is the relationship between [email protected] and TechHire? 

[email protected] supports the growth and impact of TechHire.

  • We build the TechHire movement by mobilizing key stakeholders, amplifying community and employers success stories, recruiting and supporting new TechHire communities, and facilitating events that support TechHire’s mission.
  • We help communities implement and grow TechHire by providing support to community leads, helping communities identify and secure funding resources, building national partnerships to support TechHire goals, facilitating a national learning network, and providing tools for communities to track and scale impact.
  • We growing and support the national employer network by partnering with employers to join TechHire, facilitating best practices for discovering overlooked and underrepresented talent, and aggregating regional demand for candidates from non-traditional background.

3. What Is TechHire? 

TechHire, a program of [email protected], is a nationwide movement that helps talented but overlooked job seekers start technology careers. TechHire works with community partners and education providers that teach in-demand skills to people who want to take part in the modern economy—from overlooked youth, to veterans, to the long-term unemployed.

TechHire was launched out of the White House in 2015 in 21 pilot communities. In December 2016, the TechHire initiative fully transitioned from the White House to [email protected] where a dedicated team of staff supports TechHire communities. Since its’ launch, TechHire has grown to a network of 237 training partners and 1,300 employer partners in 72 cities, states and rural areas across the country. But most importantly, TechHire has helped 4,000+ people connect to well-paying tech jobs. TechHire’s goal is to connect 100,000 Americans to tech jobs by 2020.

4. What is the role of the TechHire Community Lead Organization?

The Community Lead serves as the backbone for TechHire. They:

  • Facilitate goal setting, data collection, and progress tracking in the community.
  • Lead convenings of TechHire partners for regular meetings and events.
  • Raise the profile and advocate for support of TechHire regionally and nationally.
  • Marshal investment for backbone work and all other components of the work.
  • Organize and lead a local TechHire Advisory Council.
  • Coordinate with TechHire partners to recruit employers, training providers, and workforce development organizations to join TechHire and to engage stakeholders on an ongoing basis.

5. What is the role of the TechHire Community Lead Organization?

In order to be designated as a Community Lead, an organization must:

  • Prepare and submit the application for TechHire Community designation (for new communities).
  • Use official TechHire brand assets and collaterals.
  • Respond to and complete requests for information and share performance data on their community’s TechHire programs/initiatives.
  • Participate in and contribute to the National Learning Network on a regular basis, and serve as lead liaison to the national group for local partners.
  • Participate in online and in-person TechHire events including the Learning Network Webinar Series, 1:1 check-in calls, and regional convenings.
  • Engage and share best practices with other TechHire communities.
  • Be willing and able to use data to drive decisions and navigate the many challenges that come with such a role.
  • Ability to secure resources needed to do the work.

They are also responsible for ensuring that the rest of the TechHire work happens. This does not mean that they have to do it all themselves. Rather, the Community Lead is responsible for identifying the right organization to:

  • Convene Employers. The right convenor should have existing employer networks (or partners that have them) and be able to communicate the importance of TechHire to reach employers.
  • Convene Training Providers. The right convenor should have existing training provider networks (or partners that have them) and be able to communicate the importance of TechHire to training providers.
  • Convene Workforce Development and Community Organizations. The right convenor should have existing workforce development and community organization networks (or partners that have them) and be able to communicate the importance of TechHire to individual job and skill seekers and the organizations that support them.

6. What are the benefits of the being a TechHire Community? 

TechHire communities currently receive the following benefits:

  • TechHire Brand: TechHire Communities have access to the national TechHire brand. Each community receives logos, PR and marketing support, including a brand book designed to help communities stay on brand. Communities also receive marketing templates, social media toolkits, and press guidance to help best amplify their reach.
  • Community Pages: TechHire communities receive a webpage to facilitate outreach to local and national stakeholders, promote their training programs and related-TechHire events, and communicate their impact.
  • Employer Success Stories and Testimonials: Communities gain access to employer success stories and testimonials, which they can leverage to pitch employers.
  • Dedicated Community Engagement Manager: Each TechHire community is assigned a Community Engagement Manager who supports communities via 1:1 monthly calls, and facilitates access to [email protected] resources.
  • Learning Network Resources: TechHire communities gain access to [email protected] suite of learning resources designed to share best practices, increase capacity, and accelerate impact. These include:
    • TechHire Playbook: an online toolkit that provides case studies and best practices to help communities achieve their TechHire goals.
    • Learning Network Webinar Series: a monthly webinar series designed to help community leads develop their capacity, encourage peer-learning, and foster a supportive TechHire network.
    • Funding resources, case studies, and how-to guides
  • Access to the TechHire Data Dashboard: a tool designed to help communities capture and track community-level data and progress towards their goals.
  • Basic Labor Market Information (LMI) from Burning Glass and Linkedin
  • Access to national partnerships that align with [email protected] and the national TechHire network of communities, employers, education and training partners.
  • Access to tools, including employer tools, skills validation, and resources for job seekers (available later in 2017).

7. When is the next application deadline?

Our new application process will open later this year. Please visit this page periodically to learn about the application process and future deadlines.