Ann Arbor Spark, a partnership of businesses and academic institutions working to generate economic prosperity in the region, is collaborating with a recruiting company called Amy Cell to create a high-tech talent pipeline in the area.
Paul Krutko, president and CEO of Ann Arbor Spark, says the new program, designed to help employers of all industries attract and retain talent, includes a special-software focused talent initiative. He says the program is designed to be flexible and includes customized programs, consultations with Amy Cell, targeted job programs, and a variety of training options to support new hires.
Krutko says job seekers can be matched with companies that are hiring by submitting a resume through Ann Arbor Spark’s job portal or by participating in Amy Cell’s Opportunity Seeker programs. He says the collaboration includes the Software Talent Attraction and Retention (Star) program, which includes internships, mentoring programs, placement of recent graduates, and connecting employers to talent.
“Ann Arbor Spark is actively building on and retaining the … talent pool here, including working with our colleges to match those entering the workforce with high-tech companies and the skills they need,” Krutko says. “The more our base of students know about our … companies and how their salaries will buy a higher quality of life than other parts of the country, the more of those students will choose to stay here.”
Ann Arbor Spark works with businesses, along with academic, government, and community institutions including the University of Michigan, Eastern Michigan University, Washtenaw County, Livingston County, and the Michigan Economic Development Corp., among others.