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Lost your job? Beacon Council making it easier to check out careers in tech

Yadira Lopez

Miami-Dade County is betting on tech to help push struggling workers forward.

On Thursday, the Miami-Dade Beacon Council launched MiamiTech.Works, an online jobs and career services portal. The three-month pilot is designed as a one-stop shop for local information on job listings and retraining programs for careers in technology.

The site is designed for workers who have been laid off or had their hours cut and are interested in switching careers. A hyper-local version of a job boards like Indeed.com, MiamiTech.Works highlights local jobs in fields such as digital marketing and cybersecurity and connects users to local coding schools that offer short-term courses in those areas.

The website is a collaboration between the private and public sector, said Christine Johnson, vice president of innovation and economic development for the Miami-Dade Beacon Council, the county’s economic development agency.

“Technology is the career path of today; that’s our best path forward,” Johnson said. “It will help us be competitive and will provide solutions in vulnerable times. It’s also a great equalizer.”

The technology sector dominates when it comes to top-paying entry level jobs, often with starting salaries above $55,000.

But close to one million tech jobs remained unfilled last year nationally, according to CompTIA, a trade organization.

The portal, designed in partnership with local coding schools including Wyncode and 4Geeks, will also help connect applicants with local hiring managers. Visitors will be able to access to schedule 30-minute slots for one-on-one free, personalized career coaching.

The portal will give Miami workers a leg up in connecting to local resources, said Cari Perez, community manager for General Assembly, a private technological education firm that launched in Miami last November and helped develop the project.

“It’s for an audience that has felt a connection to switching over to the tech community, which in Miami just keeps growing,” Perez said.

The Miami-Fort Lauderdale area ranked No. 1 for startup activity among the country’s 40 largest metro areas in 2017, according to the Kauffman Index, which measures new business creation.

Wyncode Academy, a Miami coding school, ranked for the first time on this year’s Inc. 5000 list, a prestigious annual list recognizing the fastest-growing privately held businesses in the U.S. Wyncode posted a three-year revenue growth of 77.27%, according to Inc.

Also Thursday, the Miami-Dade Beacon Council unveiled a data-driven business tool called the Social Distancing Detector that uses video to help businesses ensure that people are physically distanced. The council will host workshops to help individuals, companies and government institutions implement the tool.

The council also announced a cybersecurity workshop with Miami Dade College, Florida International University and the University of Miami. Tentatively scheduled for November, the workshop is aimed at stakeholders in academia, local government and critical infrastructure.