Apprenti, in partnership with the One8 Foundation and the Massachusetts Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development (EOLWD), has launched its Registered Apprenticeship program in the Commonwealth and is accepting applications for positions in software development and cybersecurity, with more positions to follow.
Unlike many traditional job-training options, Apprenti combines paid on-the-job training and education for placement in a high-skill occupation. Apprenti has worked with the tech industry to identify mid-tier jobs ready to be filled by highly competent people — regardless of educational background (43% of accepted apprentices lack a 4-year degree). The program is open to anyone over the age of 18 with a high school diploma or equivalent certificate.
Apprenti utilizes an online testing platform to identify promising talent who might not have traditional industry credentials and uses a scoring system to match apprentices with employers. Accepted apprentices enter a 2-5 month period of technical training with third party providers, after which they begin a year of paid on-the-job training. During this period, employers have the option of hiring the apprentice into a permanent position before the end of the apprenticeship.
Results so far indicate the program has a successful track record of boosting the skills and earning potential of participants while also meeting employer needs. 73% of apprentices are hired into permanent positions by their employer. The median salary during apprenticeship is $21,000 more than the median salary for previously employed apprentices. Of those apprentices retained by a company, the median salary increase is +$42,500. 22% of apprentices were unemployed before entering the program.
For its first cohort of apprentices, Apprenti has secured partnerships with several of the area’s top employer, including Wayfair, PTC, Carbon Black, Cengage, and Harvard University IT. These Massachusetts partnerships build on a growing network of national partnerships with companies like Amazon and Microsoft. Apprenti has partnered with two leading organizations supporting the tech industry in the state, the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative (MassTech) and the Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council (MassTLC) in order to ensure tech apprenticeship becomes a foundational part of the Massachusetts tech talent ecosystem.