(The Center Square) – To create more jobs, the Illinois Department of Innovation & Technology is launching a paid trainee program to build a pipeline of tech talent.
Gov J.B. Pritzker joined officials from city colleges and Lincoln Land College in Springfield on Thursday to discuss the program, which offers training in multiple areas.
“We are launching an IT trainee program to build a pipeline of tech talent to meet the growing demand for skilled tech professionals and diversify our state’s tech workforce,” Pritzker said. “From creation to consumption, Illinois is paving the way in the digital economy for all our residents.”
Those selected for the program will be Trainees who will be paid a yearly salary of $54,000 from the department and learn skills in cybersecurity, networking, coding and database, end-user computing, and enterprise infrastructure.
Speaker of the House, Emmanuel Chris Welch, spoke of the importance of higher education programs.
“If we are going to lift Illinois, we are going to continue to help Illinois prosper. If we are going to move Illinois forward, we need to do it through our colleges and universities,” Welch said.
DoIT Acting Secretary and State CIO Sanjay Gupta says this program will positively impact the future.
“By investing in the development of a strong talent pipeline, we are not only shaping the future of our workforce but also driving innovation and growth in our community,” said Gupta. “This partnership is a testament to our unwavering commitment to diversity and nurturing local tech talent, propelling our state to new heights of success.”
Those who complete the training will be offered full time employment.