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.


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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.

Related resources

U.S. Department of Labor Announces Four Apprenticeship Inclusion Model Sites to Expand Career Pathways for People with Disabilities - DOL  is funding a two-year pilot project to develop innovative pathways for youth and adult job seekers with disabilities into high-demand, well-paying careers, such as information technology (IT) and healthcare.

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.

About Apprenti

Apprenti logoApprenti 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. 

Current Apprenticeship Occupations & Sample Certifications. Database Administrator (MCSA/E from Microsoft), Project Manager (CAPM, prep for PMP), Network Security Administrator (CCNA/P from Cisco), Web Developer (Through local best-aligned coding company), Software Developer (Through local best-aligned coding company), Windows Systems Administrator (MCSA/E from Microsoft), Linux Systems Administrator (LPIC 1, 2, and 3), Cloud Support Specialist (Network+, MCSA in SQL), Data Center Technician (A+, Network+,

Select PEAT partners already using apprenticeship programs:

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