There has been a lot of buzz lately about the growing number of jobs in technology, and simultaneously many stories about the lack of diversity within the profession. There’s no doubt the tech field can feel like a bubble at times and I’ve often wondered if we, as an industry, are leaving an entire talented and creative population untapped when it comes to the booming U.S. Technology Economy.
If it is true that software is eating the world, and developers are in higher demand than ever, it is crucial that we all do our part to embrace inclusiveness of all our community members.
I am very pleased – and proud – to let you know that CollabNet is indeed taking an active role in bringing more diverse talent to the software industry. We just announced an exciting new partnership with #YesWeCode, a Dream Corps initiative designed to bring technology training and industry connections to 100,000 young people in communities of color.
We will start by offering Agile and Scrum software training free of charge to #YesWeCode Coding Corps graduates, beginning this week in San Francisco, CA. Going forward, CollabNet and #YesWeCode will offer Agile software development training through a variety of educational outlets including: developer boot-camps, community and vocation colleges, online degree and training programs, and military career advancement centers.
This move is not entirely selfless, however, I have to point out how tech leaders are benefiting. The US Bureau of Labor Statistics has predicted that by 2020 there will be one million more IT jobs than computer science students in the United States. Those of us in the business already know how challenging it can be to recruit top talent, due to the vast number of jobs available, and if these statistics are right, the challenge will only increase. By creating qualified and professional workers through these training opportunities, we are solving our own problem as an industry and serving the community is an added bonus!
From our announcement, here is a great quote from Johnnie Williams, apprenticeship director at #YesWeCode: “Our aim is to support non-traditional candidates in the tech sector with the skills and certifications necessary to excel in the industry. #YesWeCode Coding Corps graduates are already benefiting from the CollabNet partnership by receiving the Agile training and certification. Future initiatives will have a broader impact and allow both organizations to connect high-quality training to diverse communities across the country.”
Stay tuned for more progress on the CollabNet and #YesWeCode partnership in the coming months. I can’t wait to share the good work our two organizations will perform in the name of advancing the software delivery industry by providing new opportunities. Together we are helping a growing and deserving community of future software developers!