Koch Industries sought to engage residents and remove barriers to employment for people in the Wichita community by finding new ways to discover and train technology talent
Koch Industries is headquartered in Wichita, Kansas Located in the south-central part of the state, Wichita is a several hour drive from the closest major metro areas, Kansas City and Oklahoma City. But, with a population of close to 400,000 and a highly-regarded state university, it has the potential to become a burgeoning tech hub. Koch looked to Catalyte to discover and train residents to become software developers, building a pipeline of talent from the local community.
Koch advertised the training program in the Wichita area. Within hours, all spots were filled. This proved that there were many great software developers waiting to be discovered in Wichita. Koch moved quickly and filled a second training cohort.
To discover and train hidden tech talent in Wichita, Koch utilized Catalyte’s talent transformation platform, including initial screening and training curricula. All potential applicants took Catalyte’s online screening, which uses 20 years of real-world engineering outcome data to determine a person’s ability to become a great software developer. Catalyte then trained Koch employees to lead the 26-week training program. Catalyte also trained Koch managers to be journey coaches, who will guide graduates through additional learning and skills development throughout their two-year apprenticeship.
Using Catalyte’s talent transformation program, Koch Industries is creating a custom, software development training program that will result in a lower cost, more diverse talent pipeline with transformative power across the company. It will be able to find the tech talent it needs in any market, from its Wichita headquarters, to offices around the country and around the world.
Many fish in a small pond: Catalyte proved that tech talent exists everywhere, including cities like Wichita, Kansas
Tech-enabled partnership: Koch used Catalyte’s talent transformation platform to create a pipeline of software developers for direct hire by its companies.
Transformative power: With this program, Koch will build a lower cost, more diverse talent pipeline across its companies.
"As we continue to grow, Koch has to look at every opportunity for identifying and attracting talent. Catalyte’s technology lets us do that in a way that taps into unrecognized potential, while also providing transformational opportunities in our community. I’m so excited to see how this program will evolve."
- Kristin Webb, VP of Koch Learning Systems
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