EDUCATION + EMPOWERMENT
Digital skills are increasingly in-demand and necessary for middle-income jobs, as 82% of middle-income jobs require digital literacy and usage. This need is trending upward, increasing by 4% since 2015. Digital skills are not only increasing in need, but also are more lucrative than non-digital middle-income jobs. Digital middle-income jobs pay 17% more than non-digitized counterparts. Across the workforce, digital middle-income jobs make up 38% of all job postings. The sectors most compatible or most likely to be early adopters of digital skills are transportation, construction, and the trades. Before COVID, the PA Governor indicated that within the next decade, 7 in 10 jobs will require computer skills. COVID-19 has brought that timeline forward.
From fall 2020, Neighborhood Allies launched an exciting digital skills building initiative in partnership with Verizon: LevelUp412.org. Offering nineteen remote courses in its first round, this equitable-access initiative has already enrolled over 100 participants in medium-long term courses, ranging from topics like web development to IT management to game design. Working closely with community-level partners at Pitt’s Hill District CEC, CCAC, BetaBuilders, WIT PGH, and Homewood Children’s Village, we are excited to empower Pittsburghers to start and continue their journeys toward excellence in tech. Click the banner below to visit our platform, explore courses, and learn more!