When do interviews occur?
Interviews are scheduled when hiring partners have openings for a particular occupation. We will let highly-ranked candidates know when they have been selected to interview. There is no set schedule for frequency of interviews.
Am I eligible for Apprenti?
Apprenti is for anyone looking for a path and a plan towards a career in tech, focusing primarily on women, veterans, and people of color. If you are 18 years and older, have a high school-level education, and are eligible to work in the United States for the duration of the program (i.e.,I-9 eligible) you can apply for the Apprenti program. Characteristics of successful candidates may include: persistence and ability to learn new concepts quickly; being collaborative and able to get along well with a variety of personalities and backgrounds; responsibility and determination to complete the program and get the job done.
Do I need to have a degree to apply for Apprenti?
No, you do not need a degree to apply—only a high school education is required. If you have a degree and are having a hard time getting a job in the tech field, Apprenti can help get you in the door. No prior technical experience is required to be accepted into our program.
How many apprenticeships are available?
The number of available apprenticeships is based on the interest of hiring partners. We add more opportunities on a rolling basis and continue to grow the number of available apprenticeships.
How long do I have to take the assessment?
You have 10 days to complete the assessment once you start it. So, if you took the math section today, you’d have 10 days to complete the other two assessment sections. You can complete one section of the assessment and return later to complete another section, but you must complete all three sections of the assessment within 10 days. If you do not complete all sections within 10 days, you will receive a 0 score for any incomplete sections.
Can I retake the assessment if I don’t do well the first time?
Yes, you are offered a bonus re-take after your first time taking the assessment. After that, you will need to wait three months to take it a third time. We have test prep materials available on our website to help you study. Your highest scores from each assessment area are used to determine your total score and rank. Many applicants need to take the assessment more than once in order to score well.
Do I get to choose which apprenticeship occupation to apply for?
Yes, you can select which occupations you are most interested in when you create your account. Please only select occupations which are actually of interest to you. You can also choose up to three geographic locations where we have opportunities. Please only choose locations which you would be genuinely excited and able to relocate to should you be offered an apprenticeship opportunity. We will look at these selections and your ranking when selecting candidates to interview.
What can I expect once I’ve been accepted into the program?
We will enroll you in accelerated full-time classroom-based technical training that will last two to five months. Once you complete training, you’ll proceed to one year of paid on-the-job training with your employer. Once you have graduated from your apprenticeship, you will have the opportunity and experience to qualify for a full-time job at your hiring company.
What is the expected time commitment for technical training?
The technical training period is full-time. You should expect to spend a full 40 hours per week in class in addition to homework requirements outside of class. Some apprentices will learn faster than others and require more or less time on a weekly basis. Missing class is not advised. Courses are fast-paced and cover a depth of material that make each lesson difficult to make up if missed. Working part-time during technical training is not a viable option for most apprentices.
If I have acquired some technical skills through previous training is it possible to bypass the training portion of the program?
You may be able to forgo some or all of the technical training by passing a placement test or showing proof that you previously completed the course. Not all courses have placement tests available, and you may need to retake a course if the course material has been updated since you completed it. Requests to forgo training are evaluated on a case by case basis.
How much does the training program cost and is it covered by Apprenti?
The training is currently offered at no cost to apprentices. Expenses are covered by funding from employer contributions, grants, and donations.
What type of training will I receive?
Technical training is usually held in a classroom setting, but may be delivered online or in a workshop format for smaller cohorts or highly specialized employer requirements. Course material depends on the apprenticeship occupation. For example, if you are training to become a cybersecurity analyst, you’ll take coursework in networks, security and risk management, and intrusion detection/penetration testing/ethical hacking. These topics will be associated with industry-recognized certifications where appropriate. Instructors and employers are aware some apprentices may not have formal tech backgrounds. For this reason, training is designed to be comprehensive so all apprentices can be prepared for on-the-job tasks.
Who are Apprenti’s training partners?
We work with a range of local and national training providers that offer coursework relevant to skills required by our employers. Providers include Northern Virginia Community College, TLG Learning, Code Fellows, Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology, and dozens of others. Some training programs may offer academic credit toward a degree program, or may be recognized based on the certification outcome to satisfy computer science or IT course requirements.
Once I complete the technical training, is the one year of paid on-the-job training portion of my apprenticeship guaranteed?
Yes, upon successful completion of technical training, apprentices will transition into their OJT position. That being said, apprentices must keep up with their competency benchmarks throughout OJT and behave professionally or they risk the cancellation of their apprenticeship.
Who are the hiring partners for Apprenti Program?
Apprenti partners with many companies and institutions around the United States including Amazon, F5, Microsoft, Wayfair, Kroger, Huntington Bank, Harvard University’s IT Department, BlueCross BlueShield, and more. New hiring partners and markets are added as our program continues to grow. While not all of our partners are traditional tech companies, they all have a need for well-trained tech workers.
How much can I expect to earn during my one year apprenticeship?
As a Registered Apprenticeship program, Apprenti sets minimum rates for pay based on location and occupation. These rates are reduced from the normal rate of pay for that occupation in recognition of the fact that you are still learning the job. After six months, you will normally receive a raise if you continue to meet competency requirements. Apprentices are also entitled to health and dental benefits over the course of their job training and potentially other company standard benefits such as 401k retirement savings or a health care savings account.
Once my year of on-the-job training is complete, will I automatically have a permanent position with the company where I did my apprenticeship?
We ask our hiring partners to plan post-apprenticeship FTE positions available for each apprentice they take on. However, employers are not required to retain their graduated apprentices. If you are not offered a full-time permanent role, you may be eligible to apply for roles with other Apprenti hiring partners.
What is the Apprenti Model/Program?
Apprenti delivers unique Registered Apprenticeship programs for tech occupations in any size company – both non-tech and tech companies. Our programs are designed to meet employers long-term hiring needs to fill skills gaps and vital headcount, and are unique in that we provide all support and services from securing employers commitment to headcount, sourcing highly-qualified diverse candidates, providing the training for very specific in-demand tech jobs, and managing the program and apprentices until completion. With the goal of helping employers onboard apprentices as permanent full-time employees, our programs are successful for placing new hires, or upskilling or reskilling existing staff.
Does Apprenti only work with tech companies? All companies seem to be facing tech talent shortages.
Apprenti works with employers who have tech hiring needs across a wide range of industries — not just tech companies. Among our network of hiring partners, Apprenti is serving companies in tech, healthcare, financial services, utilities, higher education, insurance, and more to fill their in-demand tech jobs. What’s common among these companies? The desire to hire new talent to bridge the tech talent gap.
Can I be a hiring partner - what is a hiring partner?
A hiring partner is an employer that works with Apprenti to hire apprentices through our Registered Apprenticeship program.
How does my company become a hiring partner? Who should I contact to learn more?
Determine which roles are the most desired and hardest to fill within your company, and contact an Apprenti Business Development representative here to get started.
Where is Apprenti available?
As of March 2020, Apprenti operates programs in 15 markets across the United States. We continue to expand based on employer demand and can support employers in any growing market across the country. Contact an Apprenti Business Development representative here to find out how we can support your long-term hiring strategies and needs.
What is a Registered Apprenticeship?
Registered Apprenticeship is flexible, customized and integrated in your workforce strategy. Registered apprenticeship is a continuous learning and training model that is designed to pass knowledge in graduated steps over a period of time from an experienced employee to someone entering the field. Registered Apprenticeship focuses on the way people develop skills: through hands-on and formal training. The traditional model dates back centuries and has been proven in trade and now, in technology fields. Registered Apprenticeships are proven programs that create a skilled, dedicated workforce.
Apprenti has spent four years working with employers, policy-makers, and workforce development organizations to identify what roles and skills companies are looking for to meet their long-term tech talent needs. Today, we have the only end-to-end scalable tech apprenticeship program that has become the new pathway for employers to use to increase diversity and retention, while reducing cost and time to hire.
What’s the difference between an internship and a Registered Apprenticeship?
Internships offer the chance to experience a specific job or work environment for a short duration, typically lasting 1-3 months. Registered apprenticeships are an “earn while you learn” model with competency benchmarks, where apprentices are paid while they learn a skill or trade in the work environment as a means to entering a career. The commitment is longer term (at least 1 year) with structured technical and on-the-job training, which result in a nationally recognized certificate of completion.
Why should I work with Apprenti?
Since 2016, Apprenti has partnered with employers across the US to deliver and manage our registered apprenticeship programs – placing nearly 1,000 apprentices in dozens of in-demand tech roles including software developers and cybersecurity analysts. Our hiring partners have seen a huge return on investment, low turnover rates, and have retained apprentices at a high rate. With Apprenti, companies struggling to bring in diverse workers and fill positions through the traditional recruitment process now have another approach to talent, using apprenticeships as a new way to support their long term workforce strategy and fill their growing and changing talent pipeline.
What is Related Technical Instruction?
The first part of Apprenti’s model is the Related Technical Instruction (RTI) (sometimes referred to as “RSI”, or related supplemental instruction). RTI delivers the theory and technical skills needed for an apprentice to be successful on the job in that particular job role. The RTI prepares apprentices to complete required certifications and be introduced to industry content that will set them up for success. Apprenti’s RTI is delivered through a contracted training provider for 2 – 5 months depending on the role.
What is on-the-job training?
The second part of the Apprenti model is structured on-the-job training (OJT) with a company assigned mentor. OJT is roughly 2000 hours and consists of work processes that introduce the apprentice to the greatest depth and breadth of knowledge in that particular role.
During training, are apprentices considered regular employees of the company?
Yes. Apprentices are employees. Following your company policies, apprentices are eligible for the same benefits as other employees in that same role. Apprenti can also assist with helping to identify an appropriate job classification code for the apprenticeship role, if needed.
What am I committing to as a hiring partner?
Hiring partners commit to bringing on an apprentice for a 12-month period, after the apprentice has completed their initial two to five-month technical training. During this period, employers assign a mentor to work with each apprentice, and together we create a 12-month OJT plan to create the structure to ensure the apprentice receives the best training to become a valued long-term hire.
Are employers required to hire apprentices after their apprenticeship?
Employers are not required to hire their apprentice post OJT, however 8 out of 10 apprentices receive full-time offers at the completion of their program. Employers find their investment in job specific apprentice training pays off.
What kind of tech roles can Apprenti help me fill?
Can we reskill/upskill our current employees with Apprenti?
Yes. Apprenti has effectively filled middle-skills roles with new candidates and as a means to support growth of existing employees. Apprenticeships are very successful programs for upskilling incumbent workers, filling skills gaps across the organization, and in planning for skills gaps that can occur due to retirement, departmental layoffs or mergers and acquisitions.
Does Apprenti really help me save money?
YES! Consider how much you spend on recruitment, relocation, loss of employees to competitors, and more each year. Apprenticeships provide you with a “homegrown” employee, who is trained by your experienced employees to your specifications, on your equipment, processes, platforms and software. Studies show a huge return-on-investment from registered apprenticeship programs. Apprentices are 91% more likely to remain employed with a company, reducing recruitment and turnover costs for employers! Investing in apprenticeship also increases overall quality of work and productivity. Grant funding may also be available to employers who train apprentices.