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DTMB uses new programs to fill IT positions

Recruiting talent is a persistent challenge for the public sector when trying to fill information technology (IT) positions. The Michigan Department of Technology, Management & Budget (DTMB) is using two new programs, NPower and a newly created veteran program, to help bridge the employment gap. As a Michigan Veteran Affairs Agency Silver-Level Veteran-Friendly Employer, DTMB is committed to recruiting, hiring, and retaining military veterans to bring the talent and experience former service members possess into the organization.

NPower is a national nonprofit with the mission to create pathways to economic prosperity by launching digital careers for military veterans and young adults from underserved communities. Individuals take a 16-week IT training program to earn an IT generalist apprenticeship credential and the following industry certificates: COMPTIA A+; IT Fundamentals+; and Google IT Support. Once the program is successfully completed, the applicant will work with the State of Michigan as a staff augmentation contractor for one year and then be eligible for a full-time IT position. NPower accepts applications on a rolling basis, so apply for fall 2023 today.

DTMB has also implemented a new program designed to place military veterans into IT positions. A prequalified vendor identifies veterans and provides targeted training aligned to DTMB’s technology needs. After one year of contract work, the veterans are eligible for full-time employment with DTMB.

Both programs align with Michigan Civil Service Commission efforts to make it easier to attract IT talent to DTMB. Some of these changes include increased flexibility in considering technical certifications as comparable to experience for entry-level jobs, hiring bonuses, and allowing students to become full-time employees prior to graduation. 

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