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Per Scholas and TEKsystems Launch Training Partnership to Support Diverse Talent Pipeline for Growing U.S. Tech Hubs – Business Wire

NEW YORK–()–Today, national tech training nonprofit Per
and full-stack technology services provider TEKsystems
announced the launch of a talent transformation partnership at Diverse
by Design
, hosted by the National Society of Black Engineers at
their 45th
Annual Convention
. The partnership will develop customized training
tracks in the technology sector and will initially support job-seekers
in Detroit, Philadelphia and Boston. This announcement is the latest
joint effort by Per Scholas and TEKsystems to develop a strong and
diverse talent pipeline for emerging U.S. tech hubs.

Over the next three years, Per Scholas will train at least 540 people
for cutting-edge jobs in these technology-centric cities. TEKsystems’
investment will connect motivated and talented individuals with the
critical skills employers are demanding across each market. Bringing
this partnership to scale will ensure that future career opportunities
are accessible by all communities and that equity is a primary
consideration as regional and national economies develop. Nationally, 87
percent of Per Scholas students are people of color and 30 percent are

Successful graduates will partner with TEKsystems recruiters in each
city and be given access to the full suite of graduate services Per
Scholas provides with two years of alumni follow-up and support. Each
training track will provide practical, hands-on training to
participants, along with long-term career guidance and placement
support. Skills-based training tracks will be determined from the demand
in each local market and may include skills relevant to cyber security,
software engineering and data engineering among others.

“We are thrilled to expand our engagement with TEKsystems to the diverse
and vibrant cities of Detroit, Philadelphia and Boston. There is a
rising demand for skilled tech talent across each of these tech hubs,
and we look forward to supporting TEKsystems’ continued efforts to build
an inclusive, resourceful and job-ready workforce,” said Per Scholas
President and CEO Plinio Ayala.

Since Per Scholas and TEKsystems first partnered in 2013 the company has
hired over 400 Per Scholas graduates across all their locations,
reinforcing Per Scholas’ credentials as a hiring partner and training
service provider. TEKsystems invested in a Per Scholas pilot in its home
city of Baltimore, MD in 2018, hiring 60 percent of graduates within a
month of completion.

“TEKsystems and Per Scholas share a commitment to creating opportunity,”
said Jay Alvather, President, TEKsystems. “We’re proud to expand our
partnership with Per Scholas and work together to close the skills gap
and achieve greater diversity in technology.”

Per Scholas recently announced a five-year growth capital campaign to
support scaling its proven model of effective IT training and placement
across new regions. Ballmer Group, an inaugural supporter of this
campaign, has provided Per Scholas with funding to develop the capacity
and infrastructure that will allow for deeper collaboration and
customization of training tracks with employers like TEKsystems.

“We know that quality training, coaching, and work experiences can help
create new pathways to economic mobility,” said Terri Ludwig, President
of Ballmer Group Philanthropy. “We are thrilled to support Per Scholas
as they strengthen their impact with new partnerships and scale their
proven model to new cities in the US.”

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About Per Scholas

Per Scholas is a national nonprofit that drives positive and proven
social change in communities across the country. Through rigorous and
tuition-free technology training and professional development, we
prepare motivated and curious adults who are unemployed or underemployed
for successful careers as technology professionals, and we create
onramps to businesses in need of their talents. Today we provide our
solutions in eight cities across the country: Atlanta, GA; Greater
Boston, MA; Greater Cincinnati, OH; Columbus, OH; Dallas, TX; the
National Capital Region; Newark, NJ and New York, NY. To date, Per
Scholas has trained 9,000 individuals, helping them build lasting,
life-changing skills and careers in technology.

About TEKsystems

We’re partners in transformation. We help clients activate ideas and
solutions to take advantage of a new world of opportunity. We are a team
of 80,000 strong, working with over 6,000 clients, including 80% of the
Fortune 500 across North America, Europe and Asia. As an industry leader
in Full-Stack Technology Services, Talent Services and real-world
application, we work with progressive leaders to drive change. That’s
the power of true partnership. TEKsystems is an Allegis Group company.


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