Demystifing Tech Careers: Industry-Driven Transparency for Expanding Access to the New Economy

Author: Rebecca Agostino


Summary 

The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and/or the National Economic Council and Department of Labor should convene a Transparent Tech Training Alliance, a coalition of public and private sector leaders called to expand access to early tech careers by codifying and communicating industry hiring standards. To meet the economy’s urgent and growing demand for tech workers, innovative educators have developed tens of thousands of short courses and bootcamps to rapidly upskill workers. But this landscape is complicated to navigate, especially for low-wage workers and small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) who are training and hiring in tech at increasing numbers. Without intervention, this nascent system will exacerbate the divide between the “haves and have nots” of our economy, further endangering the health of our workforce, communities, and businesses.


In response, the Alliance should: (1) make a highly publicized commitment to unprecedented transparency in hiring practices and the annual publication of hiring data; (2) generate a clear, industry-driven guide of certified credentials, career pathways, and funding sources; (3) utilize this guide and more for a prize competition that modernizes CareerOneStop; and (4) reconvene annually to publicize their progress and update resources.


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About the Authors

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Rebecca Agostino is an MBA Candidate at The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. After graduation, she will be joining the team at Multiverse, which builds apprenticeship programs for tech companies in the US and UK. Previously, she was the founding principal of Freedom Prep High School, a college-preparatory school in Camden, New Jersey, and a special educator in New York City. She is a New Leaders Council Philadelphia Fellow, a School Board Member at New Foundations Charter School, and the author of an Accelerator for America Playbook of Best Practices, “Place-Based Solutions for a Stronger Workforce Ecosystem.” Rebecca graduated as a Robertson Scholar from Duke University with a BS in Economics and earned a Master of Teaching from Fordham University.