America has about 5.4 million open jobs today, with many new openings in information technology (IT) fields, including software development, network administration, and cybersecurity. These fields are projected to grow at a rate that is two-thirds higher than the average for all jobs. The average salary in a job that requires IT skills is more than 50 percent higher than the average private-sector American job.
Helping more Americans train and connect to these jobs is an economic imperative for our continued innovation leadership. Today our IT training pipeline is significantly under-producing workers for these good jobs. This is costing employers, workers, and the U.S. economy. For that reason, the U.S. Department of Labor's Employment and Training Administration (ETA), has announced the availability of approximately $100,000,000 in grant funds for the TechHire partnership grant program. It is expected to fund approximately 30-40 grants, with individual grant amounts ranging from $2-5 million. This grant program is designed to train individuals with the skills they need to connect them to well-paying, middle- and high-skilled, and high-growth jobs across H-1B industries such as: IT, healthcare, advanced manufacturing, financial services, and broadband.
The closing date for receipt of applications under this Announcement is March 11, 2016. Applications must be received no later than 4:00:00 p.m. EST. More information on applying for the H-1B TechHire Partnership Grants is available from this announcement.