President Obama is about to announce a national push across the country to strengthen high-tech, job-specific training in a speech he will give Monday in Washington at the League of Cities, an annual conference devoted to helping city leaders develop stronger communities.
Several sources within and outside the administration confirm the news and are saying the intention is to launch the largest federal drive in history for “non-college skills training,” as CBS News put it.
The effort is meant to compliment the White House’s moves to put four-year colleges more directly in reach of Americans’ grasp by offering greater student aide and community colleges via subsidized tuition.
President Obama will travel to 20 different cities across the nation, from New York to San Francisco, advocating the administration’s commitment to high-tech training. In addition to speaking to each city, the president will also speak to well-known high-tech firms and fast-rising training companies, as well as academies, on the training and placing of graduates.
The administration is aiming to train and place some 50,000 graduates into strong, high-paying jobs through the initiative. No deadline has yet been given for that goal, however.
Having been in the works for years, folks in the know claim it hopes to whip Americans into shape for these high-tech jobs within just three months of training. The idea is that the academies involved in the initiative will talk up their trainees’ merits, rather than their family background or upbringing in order to place them in good jobs.
Firms and academies intended for incorporation in the White House’s grand plan are portions of a for-profit yearning to fill the demands for software developers and other high-tech jobs desperately in need of knowledgeable workers. In order to do so, they greatly need willing participants to attend classes full-time, five days a week, in order to gain the necessary skills needed to fill the growing job vacancies in high-tech fields as quickly as possible.
The Obama administration has already collected pledges from numerous academies to undertake the task of training America’s up and coming workers. The companies have also pledged to willingly submit themselves to audits that will confirm the success of the program through job placement. In addition, the cities involved in the initiative will vow their financial support to the project – finances that will be in tandem with federal funding.
Some five million jobs are currently left wide open, according to the White House, due to what is referred to commonly as the “skill gap,” meaning the folks applying for such jobs do not possess the necessary high-tech skills to fill the various positions. Such jobs are in fields like software development, where there are roughly 500,000 jobs going unfilled. Network administration and cyber security are two more fields in desperate need of trained workers. Jobs in fields such as these often pay up to 50 percent more than average full-time positions.
Helping more Americans train and connect to these jobs is a key element of the president’s middle-class economic agenda.
This is one way the Obama administration is working toward rebuilding America’s middle class.