Need Tech Talent? Think Apprenticeships
Apprenticeship programs are on the rise due to employer demand and proven results. In June 2017 an Executive Order called for the nationwide expansion of apprenticeship programs to be led by the Department of Labor (DOL). To support these goals, the DOL-funded Partnership on Employment & Accessible Technology (PEAT) and the DOL-funded IT apprenticeship intermediary Apprenti are partnering to build bridges between the technology industry and inclusive apprenticeship programs.
Why Apprenticeship Programs?
The tech industry is primed for apprenticeship success given the current scarcity of computer engineers. Combining classroom instruction with on-the-job training, apprenticeship programs can help companies quickly bring new and more diverse talent into the workplace. The IT apprenticeship program Apprenti has found that 84% of their tech apprentice applicants come from untapped talent pools—including people with disabilities, veterans, women, and minorities. Read more about the benefits apprenticeship programs offer.
Apprenticeship Pilot Models (AIM)
Apprenticeship Inclusion Model (AIM) is an initiative sponsored by DOL’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) to develop and test innovative inclusion strategies in apprenticeship programs for people with disabilities.
As part of this work, AIM is hosting a broader Community of Practice for interested practitioners and stakeholders to use and contribute to the resource library and learning community. Interested parties and organizations can join by filling out this form.
Future of Work Podcast: "Apprenticeships and Employing People With Disabilities" - Apprenti Executive Director Jennifer Carlson discusses how their program works with employers to quickly fill STEM positions with new and more diverse talent through inclusive apprenticeships.
Future of Work Podcast: "Project Lifechanger" - A discussion of Cisco's inclusive hiring program, Project Lifechanger, with Pat Romzek, Executive Consultant for Cisco.
2017 PEAT Think Tank Report - Stakeholders at the 2017 PEAT Think Tank meeting identified apprenticeship programs as a pathway to fostering a diverse workforce.
#ApprenticeshipWorks: Jarvus Innovations - A video depicting two apprentices creating a "win-win" situation at a web software engineering firm in Philadelphia.
Apprenti provides a proven, reliable pipeline for underrepresented groups such as people with disabilities, minorities, women and veterans to gain training, certification, and placement within the talent-hungry tech industry. Through our innovative selection, certification and hiring process, we are bridging the talent gap and meeting the demands of the tech industry’s growing workforce.
Select PEAT partners already using apprenticeship programs: