01 May 2014
New York
Reporter: Stephen Durham

Software training in the Bronx

A new software testing centre will bring 150 high-technology jobs to the Bronx in New York—equating to $5 million in wages in its first year alone.

Software consulting company Doran Jones is partnering on the software testing job creation initiative with Per Scholas, a non-profit organisation headquartered in the South Bronx that provides free technology education and job placement to unemployed and underemployed adults.

Per Scholas will train the testers through its eight-week software testing education programme (STEP), and the majority of its graduates will go directly to work in the Urban Development Center, occupied and operated by Doran Jones in the same building. Construction begins this summer.

Industry trends in software testing have created an opportunity to meet growing labour demands, improve quality, reduce overseas costs, and reshore jobs to the US. The UDC model establishes and concentrates high-technology infrastructure, resources, and jobs in low-income urban neighborhoods as a conscious economic development strategy.

Keith Klain, COO of Doran Jones, said: “There is a huge quality gap in the software testing market. This solution provides a talent pipeline to that problem and makes meaningful contributions to our local community, our clients, Per Scholas and, most significantly, the graduates of the training programme.”

“This is a blueprint for true Corporate Social Responsibility programmes and further emphasises Doran Jones’s core value of investment in our people.”

Matt Doran, CEO of Doran Jones, commented: “Our first graduates are already working on engagements at client sites, at a couple of Hedge Funds and at a software house, proving that with the right training and mentoring, they can start adding value almost immediately.”

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