JAMESTOWN – One of the largest banks in Western New York is working to help those economically impacted by the pandemic by helping them gain free digital skills part of new online courses.
Leaders with M&T bank have launched a program called WNY Tech Skills Initiative.
Launched in response to persistent unemployment and underemployment exacerbated by the pandemic, the company says the initiative offers virtual training experiences that will connect community members with access to in-demand skills.
The training will benefit people interested in careers in technology, as well as those who want to gain digital skills to make themselves more marketable when pursuing jobs in other fields.
The virtual training programs are free for residents of Western New York, offering three learning phases:
- Open access, self-led skills training: Virtual, project-based learning pathways that will introduce participants to various technology and digital skill areas, such as data analysis, digital marketing, UX design and software engineering.
- Virtual tech skill workshops: One-hour to day-long courses that allow for tech career path exploration through foundational training.
- Virtual upskilling programs: Part-time, instructor-led courses that offer advanced training designed to enhance participants’ readiness for careers in tech.
Initially, the open-access, self-led skills training will be available for up to 3,000 people, with subsequent training phases made available soon after students complete a portion of phase one training.
Candidates for the virtual upskilling programs will be reviewed by General Assembly for eligibility based on participation in the first two phases and proficiency in applicable technology skills.
To learn more visit techbuffalo.org/wny-tech-skills-initiative.