Employment in Information Technology (IT) occupations continues to be one of the fastest growing parts of the U.S. economy. Businesses are continuing to have challenges meeting their IT talent needs and creating a diverse workforce, which is why they are turning to apprenticeship programs to train the highly-skilled employees needed for this fast-paced field.
"Apprentice programs align academic classes, with the teamwork, problem solving, and adaptability of on-the-job training. Apprentices develop a thorough understanding of workplace dynamics in addition to training in current technology."
Ned McCulloch, Global Issue Manager for Skills Development, IBM
High-Demand Apprenticeship Occupations:
For more than a year, the Greater Peoria Economic Development Council has been running the Central Illinois Center of Excellence for Secure Software (CICESS), the first secure software Registered Apprenticeship program in the nation. The apprenticeship was developed by local employers, in partnership with Illinois Central College, who were concerned about the availability of secure software development professionals in their region.
Apprentices are employed part-time during the 32 months of the program, and test for IT certifications at the end of the apprenticeship. The program was designed to address national issues at a local level:
If you want to create your own registered apprenticeship program, these resources provide the information and building blocks you need to start designing.
For more resources, program examples, and marketing materials, go to the Information Technology Community of Practice page.
Apprenti, powered by the Washington Technology Industry Association (WTIA), is an industry-recognized, state and nationally accredited program. Apprentices receive two to five months of full-time training then begin one year of paid on-the-job training with one of the program's hiring partners. Apprenti provides a reliable pipeline for underrepresented groups such as minorities, women and veterans to gain training, certification and placement within the talent-hungry technology industry.
On July 11, WTIA hosted a Tech apprenticeship Summit in Denver, CO, including employers, American Apprenticeship Initiative grantees, education and training providers, workforce development organizations, business associations, foundations and state apprenticeship agencies.
"Apprenti offers an innovative approach to an issue of increasing urgency for employers in Washington State: a skilled workforce that reflects the diversity of its partners, customers and communities. It is essential to our company's and the technology industry's long-term, competitive growth that we recruit and retain talent from a more diverse population."
Julian Eames Executive Vice President and Chief Operations Officer at F5 Networks