Thrive Impact Sourcing was founded in Cincinnati in January 2016 with the vision to delight clients with IT Outsourcing Services in order to change lives.
Cities around the US have a shortage of IT professionals. In the Greater Cincinnati region, there are 1,800 unfilled IT jobs right now, and that number could balloon to 10,000 as soon as 2020. At the same time, Cincinnati offers an untapped talent pool, with more than 70,000 people living in poverty and the 6th highest child poverty rate in the US.
By using its business as a force for good, Thrive reshapes the lives of its community’s untapped talent pool living in poverty. Its urban impact sourcing model seeks to end poverty in the region by creating high quality job opportunities in low-employment urban areas. Partnering with a nonprofit IT Training organization, Per Scholas, Thrive provides individuals with access to free, high-quality technology education, job training and career development training. By the end, participants acquire industry leading testing skills and techniques in a lab-based, instructor-led environment, have access to real-life projects and participate in field studies to learn alongside working professionals.
Once training is complete, Thrive offers graduates employment opportunities in its Outsourcing Center, which offers quality assurance and data transformation IT services. Using this model, Thrive brings a competitive and competent pool of IT talent to the marketplace. It also forms partnerships with charitable organizations, donating its time and resources to make an impact. When clients engage with Thrive, they support the growing movement of corporations taking responsibility to consider social and environmental impacts in their business strategy. Thrive believes in taking any opportunity it can to be an example of using business as a force for good, and strives to bring visibility to its model by engaging with prospective clients and future entrepreneurs.
Thrive graduates receive on-going mentorship from senior IT professionals and continued access to nonprofit organizations through CityLink Center, which helps remove barriers and move families towards a life of freedom and prosperity. Since 1998, more than 5,000 have enrolled in Per Scholas’ job training program. The organization has aggressive future growth plans for the next three years, with the goal to lift 80 families out of poverty.
Through a proven sourcing, training and delivery model, Thrive provides sustainable careers for Cincinnati’s untapped workforce, while offering top quality IT outsourcing services to socially-minded businesses. Working together, low-income families and companies make the most of their community’s potential and thrive in the local marketplace.