For Immediate Release
Arron Neal, 213-568-3334
Issue brief explores how to elevate Delaware as a growing technology hub
WILMINGTON, Del. (Oct. 8, 2019) — Today, Tech Impact released a new issue brief that explores best practices for employers, government, and nonprofit training partners to better attract, develop and retain skilled talent for Delaware’s technology jobs of today and tomorrow. The report, “Delaware Thriving: The Case for Investment in Delaware’s Tech Talent Pipeline,” can be downloaded from offers.techimpact.org/it-council.
“Delaware has a thriving tech sector, but it’s somewhat hidden from view because the jobs are embedded into the financial sector rather than in more traditional tech companies,” said Patrick Callihan, Executive Director, Tech Impact. “Delaware needs a larger platform to promote itself as a thriving tech hub and better strategies to develop local talent. The state government, nonprofits and businesses across all sectors have a role to play in bringing that to fruition.”
Through a series of interviews with industry leaders and third-party research, “Delaware Thriving” highlights where the state’s employers are feeling the biggest strain for mid- to high-skill talent as well as related gaps in existing training and upskilling programs. The paper also distills recommendations from featured case studies and insights from Tech Impact’s ITWorks, Zip Code Wilmington, and other organizations that illustrate what’s working to attract, develop and retain tech talent in Delaware. Among them are:
- Amplify hands-on training or upskilling programs specific to mid-career professionals
- Formalize and invest in a state-supported apprenticeship program
- Identify solutions from similar markets, and apply lessons to collective recruitment and retention efforts in Delaware
- Invest and scale the intermediary model
- Develop the infrastructure for a thriving, statewide IT industry association
“Delaware Thriving” is being released at Developing Delaware: Conversations, Collaboration and Innovation, an economic development event hosted by the Delaware State Chamber of Commerce in Dover, DE on Tuesday, October 8, 2019
For more information or to download the report, visit offers.techimpact.org/it-council.
About Tech Impact
Tech Impact is a nonprofit on a mission to empower communities and nonprofits to use technology to better serve the world. The organization is a leading provider of technology education and solutions for nonprofits and operates award-winning IT and customer experience training programs designed to help young adults launch their careers. Tech Impact offers a comprehensive suite of technology services that includes managed IT support, data and strategy services, telecommunications, and cloud computing integration and support. In 2018, it expanded its education and outreach capabilities by merging with Idealware, an authoritative source for independent, thoroughly researched technology resources for the social sector. Tech Impact’s ITWorks and CXWorks training programs have graduated hundreds of young adults with the knowledge, skills and confidence they need to start their careers in the technology and customer experience industries. The organization also operates Punchcode, a coding bootcamp based in Las Vegas, NV.
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