The San Diego Workforce Partnership, with support from the City of San Diego, is expanding three workforce training programs designed to help San Diegans from underrepresented communities secure quality jobs and launch meaningful careers in the region’s public and private sectors: TechHire, Opportunity Youth Internships and City Mentorships. These programs will provide young workers with the skills, training and experience they need to secure quality employment in two of the region’s growing priority sectors, information & communication technologies and public administration.
Programs were funded in whole or in part with Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program funds provided by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to the City of San Diego.
Jobs and businesses are beginning to recover from the strain of the COVID-19 health and economic crisis. Recent data shows that San Diego’s unemployment rate still hovers at 6.8% as of June 2021, lingering behind the national unemployment rate of 5.8%.
As San Diegans return to work, many are interested in exploring new opportunities for quality, skilled work. The Workforce Partnership’s programs offer workers of all ages and backgrounds an opportunity to access a clear pathway to a quality career. “As our local economy continues to rebuild, now is the optimal time for workers to reimagine their career,” says Peter Callstrom, Workforce Partnership CEO. “We thank the City of San Diego for their support in helping families and workers throughout our region identify new opportunities to secure quality educational and career opportunities.”
In response to the rising demand of experienced workers, TechHire, Opportunity Youth Internships and City Mentorships will prepare workers for careers in these growing priority sectors.
offers Black San Diegans, women, veterans and other underrepresented populations paid internships in quality tech positions.
The Opportunity Youth Internship program assists young workers from low-income backgrounds with securing paid internships in sectors like healthcare, education, law and retail.
Applicants can receive paid job readiness training, work experience and a one-on-one mentor through a paid mentorship with City Departments through the City Mentorship program.