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New job training initiative launches Tuesday at Pluralsight with goal of building Utah’s talent pipeline to meet employer demand in high-paying technology careers

SALT LAKE CITY, UT — TechHire Utah, an innovative job-training program to empower Utah residents with skills they need to be competitive in high-tech jobs, announced today its official 2016 Launch Party will be tomorrow (Tuesday, Jan. 26) at Pluralsight. This initiative will give employers across the region a talent pipeline to fill Utah’s thousands of open technology jobs and expand economic opportunity.

TechHire Utah was one of the initial cities recognized in fall 2015 when President Obama issued a call to action for communities across the country to join the movement and create TechHire partnerships. Key to the work is employers engaging in the communities to articulate the critical needs, and then to provide fast-track training that can equip workers for fields needing tech skills. 

The festivities for Tuesday's kick-off event gets underway at 5 p.m. at Pluralsight Headquarters, located at 182 North Union Ave., Farmington, Utah, 84025. It will run through 8 p.m. with several special guests and speakers informing employers and community partners on how to get involved in the initiative. 

Utah is one of the nation’s fastest growing tech regions with more than 5,000 technology companies experiencing serious shortages for skilled talent. To help build a new tech talent pipeline in the state, the Utah Technology Council has teamed up with Innovate+EducateUtah Cluster Acceleration Partnership (UCAP), Utah Valley University (UVU), Salt Lake Community College (SLCC), Pluralsight and the Salt Lake City Mayor’s Office to help launch this accelerated training and hiring model to position Utah as a national leader in addressing the talent shortage. 

"The urgency for creating new pathways to IT jobs has never been greater in Utah, and we believe this is a national model that will scale effectively as we push for the innovation in designing, developing, and effectively placing skilled talent into high-demand, high-paying IT jobs,” said Richard R. Nelson, president and CEO of the Utah Technology Council. 

TechHire Utah leveraged real-time labor market information provided by Burning Glass Technologies and the State of Utah to identify the most in-demand tech jobs and programming languages to meet employer needs. To expand access to fast-track training, Utah Valley University and Salt Lake Community College will begin offering low cost “boot camp” courses with blended online Pluralsight curricula, real-world projects, mentoring, and job placement assistance. Training courses are modularized with eight-week evening/weekend options to expand access to veterans, women, second-career adults and non-traditional students. 

“The goal of TechHire Utah is in providing multiple pathways to IT jobs that employers articulated they are having trouble filling. These pathways must be innovative, fast-tracked and employer recognized for the model to succeed and then scale nationally. We believe that will happen, but employers are key to the success,” stated Jamai Blivin, CEO, Innovate+Educate. 

TechHire Utah also is looking to fast-track women and veterans in high-paying technology careers for economic equity and to build a diverse talent pipeline. Finally, TechHire Utah is looking to expand outreach and job placements by working with faith-based organizations to create strong employer connections, supplemental skills training, and other supportive services. 

Other upcoming TechHire events over the next few months include: The Women Tech Council Talent Innovation Summit on Feb. 3, with plans to announce women-only boot camps and free online training courses; SheTech Explorer Day on March 11 at UVU featuring about 1,000 high school girls receiving free coding curricula with the goal to engage more girls in technology fields; and the Utah Governor’s Economic Summit April 14-15 announcing multi-sector strategies for scaling accelerated job training state-wide to grow a skilled workforce to support Utah’s economic future. 


About TechHire Utah

TechHire Utah is helping improve skills-based hiring, training and credentials for Utah job seekers while benefiting local employers and strengthening local communities. For more information, visit www.techhireutah.org

About Utah Technology Council

The Utah Technology Council (UTC) is a leading industry association representing more than 5,000 high technology, clean tech, and life sciences companies. UTC plays a critical role in the state’s economic development by supporting the business needs of Utah’s fastest-growing industry. Visit www.utahtech.org

About Innovate+Educate

Innovate+Educate (I+E) is a national, non-profit organization implementing evidence-based, employer-led strategies to drive competency-based training and hiring for in-demand jobs. I+E is led by a Board of Directors from top industry across 35 states. For more information, visit www.innovate-educate.org

About Utah Cluster Acceleration Partnership

The Utah Cluster Acceleration Partnership (UCAP) is a collaborative partnership between the Governor’s Office of Economic Development, Department of Workforce Services, and Utah System of Higher Education to develop, implement or enhance programs responsive to regional industry needs. Visit https://jobs.utah.gov/department/ucap.html

About Pluralsight

Founded in 2004, Pluralsight is the global leader in online learning for professional software developers, IT specialists and creative technologists. As the world’s largest curated professional development platform, the company offers instant access to more than 4,500 courses authored by top experts. With customers in more than 150 countries, Pluralsight serves as a career catalyst, delivering hands-on, practical training for the most in-demand and understaffed jobs of today. For more information, visit www.pluralsight.com

Editorial Contacts

Noah Garrett, NGC Communications on behalf of TechHire Utah: noah@thinkngc.com 

Jonathan Jackson, Utah Technology Council: jjackson@utahtech.org 

Megan Herrick, Pluralsight: megan-herrick@pluralsight.com