Biz Talk: Arlington Economic Development Unveils New Workforce Program | ARLnow

This article was written by Conor Courtney, Head of Strategic Initiatives for Arlington Economic Development.

Arlington’s Amazon HQ2 offering brought the manpower issue at the center of future economic development projects. As Arlington’s technology ecosystem continues to grow, so does the opportunity to innovate in workforce development programs.

Arlington Economic Development (AED) is proud to announce a new workforce development program, the Arlington Talent Pilot Program, supporting Arlington residents and businesses. The program provides businesses with an increase in local talent by providing Arlington residents with experience opportunities in the technology industry.

“Arlington is home to both a highly skilled workforce and many fast-growing technology companies. We know there are residents who might be interested, but may not have formal technical experience,” said Marian Marquez, director of business investments at Arlington Economic Development. “This program will help aspiring Arlingtonians develop in-demand skills for a career in technology through a paid experiential learning program.”

What is the Arlington Talent Pilot Program?

The Arlington Talent Pilot Program, funded by the American Rescue Plan Act, will provide 10 Arlington residents with the opportunity to gain valuable software development experience and a pathway to a career in technology.

Based in Arlington Exelationthe #2 Technology & Engineering Internship Provider in the United States, will achieve these results through experiential learning and mentorship in software development. The program is designed to accommodate career changers and others without a traditional higher education in technology. Rather than requiring 4 years of college education, the application process and program emphasize skills, abilities, and aptitudes.

How it works?

The Arlington Talent pilot program connects aspiring software developers with full-time, temporary paid positions at Exelaration, where they develop essential technology industry experience under expert mentorship. Program participants work on real customer projects and learn industry best practices through teaching and mentoring.

Exelaration partners with local programs and organizations such as Bridges to independence and Capital Youth Empowerment Programas sources of potential talent.

There are many ways for businesses and organizations to get involved, including events, networking, projects, donations, conferences and more. Interested companies and organizations can find out more via Exelaration Partner Page.

How to register

Those interested in learning more about applying for the Arlington Talent Pilot Program can do so directly through Exelaration’s candidate portal. The the application portal closes on July 1and the first cohort begins September 6, 2022. Applicants must be residents of Arlington, Virginia, and no high school diploma is required.

About Arlington Economic Development

Arlington Economic Development (AED), part of the Arlington County government, is dedicated to preserving and enhancing an economically competitive and sustainable community, and creating exciting, diverse and rich in equipment. AED provides visionary leadership and superior services to Arlington’s business and arts community, its tourism industry, and real estate development. For more information, visit

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