Report recommends raising visibility of Delaware’s tech sector as way to attract, retain workers

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Tech Impact released a report that explores best practices in attracting developing and retaining skilled talent for Delaware’s technology jobs.

The report, “Delaware Thriving: The Case for Investment in Delaware’s Tech Talent Pipeline,” is available below.

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“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 looks atTech Impact’s ITWorks, Zip Code Wilmington, and other organizations and outlines what works in attracting, developing and retaining tech talent in Delaware.

Findings:

  • 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

Based in Philadelphia and with an office in Wilmington, Tech Impact operates technology education and solutions for nonprofits and operates IT and customer experience training programs designed to help young adults launch their careers.

Tech Impact’s ITWorks and CXWorks training programs have graduated hundreds of young adults. The organization also operates Punchcode, a coding boot camp based in Las Vegas, NV.

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