Free training program launched in Pittsburgh for people looking for tech jobs

A nationally recognized technology training provider will launch operations in Pittsburgh and offer free training to its local first class in March.

When the first class of 30 people complete the 12- to 15-week program, they will be prepared for entry-level programming work that pays between $ 50,000 and $ 60,000 per year, according to Plinio Ayala, president and chief. from the New York branch. based By Scholas.

The company is in partnership with TEKsystems, a technology services provider, to provide training with funding from grants and support from foundations in the Pittsburgh area, said Ayala.

Pittsburgh will become the 14th city with a Per Scholas location. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, initial training sessions will be virtual, but Per Scholas will also be looking for a physical location in the city.

The offer was announced at a virtual press conference on Monday coordinated by the Allegheny Conference on Community Development.

Per Scholas’ track record of training people from diverse backgrounds for tech jobs has been touted by officials in the region’s workforce development agencies, including InnovatePGH, Partner4Work and the Pittsburgh Regional Alliance.

There are talented people everywhere, but not everyone has access to the training opportunities offered by Per Scholas, Ayala said.

“I think the opportunity in Pittsburgh is huge,” he said.

The city’s booming tech industry is full of available jobs, and business development groups have long struggled to find ways to develop local talent and keep people in Pittsburgh, said Earl Buford, CEO of the non-profit organization for workforce development Partner4Work.

Per Scholas has a proven track record in training minorities, women and young adults, said Jack Mills, Director of Strategy and Innovation at Partner4Work.

About 87 percent of participants and graduates of Per Scholas’ training are people of color, one-third of participants are women, and one-third of participants are young adults, Mills said.

“We are proud to welcome this organization to the Pittsburgh marketplace and advance economic equity through training that can lead to long-term careers,” said Buford.

Per Scholas is accepting applications until the end of February for his first course, which will start on March 15.

The initial course is intended for a Java developer. Participants will learn to code using the Java programming language.

The only qualification that prospective students must have is a high school diploma or the GED equivalent. To apply, Click here and choose Pittsburgh as the location.

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