$5 million grant to keep tech workers in the loop 

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Keeping San Franciscans qualified for tech jobs is the aim of a $5 million federal grant announced Thursday by Mayor Ed Lee, who said local workers should be “reskilled” so they’re not left behind in a developing economic rebound.

The money from the U.S. Department of Labor will be used for a new “TechSF” workforce initiative to train or retrain about 1,700 workers, 300 of whom have been unemployed for at least six months.

“Ensuring San Francisco residents have the skills and training they need to work in our city’s growing number of high-tech jobs is a cornerstone of our economic strategies and critical to making sure our economic recovery reaches every neighborhood of our city,” Lee said in a press release.

The program’s largest target group is 1,400 employees who work in the San Francisco offices of AT&T and IBM and need additional training to keep up with the changing tech landscape, according to a press release from the Mayor’s Office. TechSF aims to help 97 percent of participants receive an industry-recognized credential or degree, and keep 93 percent employed in the tech industry after the training.


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