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he Blacks in Technology Foundation, a tech-focused community dedicated to increasing the representation and participation of Black people in the technology industry, and Apprenti, a national leader in delivering registered tech apprenticeship programs to place non-traditional hires into in-demand tech careers, have announced a new partnership aimed to increase Black representation across the tech industry. There currently are three million available tech jobs in America, but the nations colleges
New Partnership Aims to Increase Black Representation in Tech Industry
expand their thinking when it comes to job placement and hiring. Were already seeing a shift in IT job requirements away from four-year and advanced college degrees in mathematics and computer science towards practitioner level skills, said Dennis Schultz, executive director of the Blacks in Technology Foundation. The only real question is, can the candidate do the work required? We see Apprenti as a practical solution to the challenge of filling key IT roles. Together, the Blacks In Technology produce only 80,000 computer science graduates each year. On top of that, too many employers only recruit from certain schools, over-rely on college graduates and generally dont seek to recruit from the broadest pool of available talent. This practice has led to Blacks and other groups being woefully underrepresented in technology roles. Both job seekers and companies need to Foundation and Apprenti will collaborate to expose more Blacks to the tech sector, increase access to tech training opportunities and, ultimately, help Black people secure rewarding careers in technology. Over the last five years, Apprenti has worked to build a reliable pipeline for underrepresented groups, bridging the tech talent gap and giving diverse talent with nontraditional backgrounds the opportunity to apprentice at tech and consumer companies. Black people make up 15 percent of all apprentices, and more than 80 percent of these apprentices have been hired on full time. Jennifer Carlson, Apprenti co-founder and executive director, says, Blacks in Technology Foundation is making real progress when it comes to diversifying tech talent, and were proud to offer a proven program that will strengthen these efforts.
While the lack of representation in the tech workforce is well documented, there's still plenty of work to do when it comes to building systems that offer equal opportunity."
- Jennifer Carlson, Apprenti co-founder and executive directorPrevious Page