What is TechSF?

TechSF is a job search program funded through the City of San Francisco’s Office of Economic and Workforce Development in partnership with the Department of Labor.

The goal of the program is to help unemployed and underemployed Bay Area residents seek and find employment within the Tech industry. For those that qualify, it provides no cost technical training and career services or direct career services.

What does TechSF offer?

For those who apply for training and are approved, TechSF offers technical skills training and career services (1:1 career coaching, career workshops, resume review, etc.).


Who qualifies for TechSF?

Individuals actively seeking employment who are:

  • adults 18 years of age or older or youth between the ages of 18 and 24
  • authorized to work in the U.S
  • meet funding requirements. This includes but is not limited to: individuals who have been terminated, laid off, or received a “notice of termination or layoff”, individuals who have been unemployed for 27 weeks or more, or individuals who have only been able to acquire short term or part time employment.

Please note, this is not an all inclusive list of qualifiers - so if you are uncertain as to whether or not you fit this criteria, we still encourage you to apply!

What are the requirements for being accepted into TechSF?

Before applying for TechSF, we ask that you to attend a TechSF orientation

You must complete an online application and at the time of application, and be able to share: an updated resume, URL to LinkedIn profile and, if applicable, link to a portfolio or personal website.

Once we receive your application, the Office of Economic and Workforce Development (OEWD) will connect you with the TechSF partner organization that best suits your needs. If you are asked to participate in an in-person or phone interview, you should be able to demonstrate: job search strategy, strategic goal setting, and experience in the field of Information Technology.


If I apply, am I guaranteed to be approved?

Acceptance into TechSF is competitive. We encourage individuals to have their assets (resume, LinkedIn, and if applicable portfolio) ready to go at the time of applying and to prepare well for their interview.

Can I apply for or be approved for more than one training?

Unfortunately, no. TechSF aims to aid as many individuals as possible. In order to so, once accepted, we only guarantee one fully funded training track per person.

Will I lose unemployment benefits if I start training?

EDD considers tech training at partner organizations as school enrollment. This may interfere with your unemployment benefits if the correct steps are not taken in a timely manner with EDD. You may also qualify for the California Training Benefits Program, which we encourage all applicants to investigate prior to completing enrollment within the TechSF program. 

Can I work and still be part of TechSF?

Possibly. Participating TechSF partners have specific guidelines -- this can be negotiated once you are accepted into TechSF.


When do classes start and how long does training completion take?

This will vary with each TechSF partner organization.

Do I need my own computer?

For on location trainings, computers will be provided. However, to continue working on building and honing skills on your own time, we recommend you have access to your own computer.

Are there any scholarships available?

TechSF is a free program, scholarships are not necessary.