Philadelphia, PA – January 12, 2022 – Tech Impact today announced it has received a $500,000 three-year grant from the JP Morgan Chase Foundation to support the continuation of Delaware’s first Registered IT Apprenticeship program. Tech Impact will extend the program as they work to develop highly-skilled IT talent to meet the increasing employer demand throughout the region, primarily in the financial tech industry. Currently, the program is made up of a diverse group of fifteen apprentices ages 26 to 45+, 41% female, and 84% identifying as Black, Middle Eastern, Hispanic/Latinx, or more than one race.
“We are excited to receive funding from the JPMorgan Chase Foundation to continue our modern-day apprentice program,” said Patrick Callihan, Executive Director of Tech Impact. “The demand for IT talent in this region remains strong, and we’re confident that our apprenticeship program – now in its second year – will continue to drive workforce development and diversification while also providing underserved individuals with a pathway to a well-paying career.”
“JPMorgan Chase and Tech Impact are engaged in an important and dynamic partnership. This grant is designed to support our non-profit partners and stakeholders in the greater Delaware and Philadelphia region, and advance our strategic goal of creating a diverse tech talent pipeline”, said Tom Horne, Market Leader for JPMorgan Chase & Co. in Delaware.
“The notably rapid growth of the tech industry in Delaware means tech talent is always a priority. Programs like the Registered IT Technology Support Apprenticeship program are critical to building our inclusive tech talent pipeline in Delaware”, said Delaware IT Industry Council Board Chair, Jennifer McDermott, Executive Director, Global Technology Workforce Strategy for JP Morgan Chase & Co.
Hiring partners of the IT Apprenticeship program include JPMorgan Chase, WSFS, Marlette Funding, SSD Technology Partners, MySherpa, and Tech Impact. Apprenticeships are full-time jobs that include on-the-job training and classroom instruction, allowing IT apprentices to earn while they learn. To be part of the IT apprenticeship program, experience is not required. Interested applicants can learn more by registering here.
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