Thank you for your interest in learning about Apprenti in Massachusetts. As part of Apprenti’s employer driven model, we appreciate the opportunity to connect directly with employers to help companies close the tech talent gap and increase diversity within tech. We are also always building a strong pipeline of candidates interested in pursuing a career in tech, and working at our amazing networking of hiring partners in Massachusetts.
Massachusetts’ Tech Ecosystem
Massachusetts is a major hub of groundbreaking technology across a wide range of industries. Over 10% of the state’s labor force works in tech, the highest rate of any state in the country. The demand for IT-related roles exists within high tech as well as higher education, insurance and financial services, utilities, health care, and more.
Like many states, Massachusetts employers face a shortage in tech talent and a lack of diversity for tech roles. According to MassTLC’s State of the Massachusetts Tech Economy 2019, 1 in every 14 Massachusetts jobs is in a tech occupation; however, academic institutions in Massachusetts only graduate 7,500 students per year in computer science or mathematics degrees, and jobseekers are also challenged by the state’s high cost of living and traffic congestion. In 2018, Massachusetts expanded its Registered Apprenticeship Program as a resource to train local, diverse jobseekers for in-demand IT-related roles.
Apprenti in Massachusetts
Apprenti works directly with Massachusetts employers to deliver untapped, diverse talent to bridge the tech talent gap for in-demand but hard to fill roles like Software Developers, IT Business Analysts, Cybersecurity Analysts, and more! The state ecosystem is a welcoming environment for Apprenti given the Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ investment in expanding Registered Apprenticeship for tech occupations and technical training.
Apprenti officially expanded to Massachusetts in partnership with the One8 Foundation in November 2018. Apprenti Massachusetts then launched its first cohort in April 2019 by supporting the hiring needs for Cengage, Harvard University IT, PTC, VMware (formerly Carbon Black), and Wayfair — this cohort also marked the very first Registered Apprenticeship program for an IT occupation in Massachusetts. Since then, Apprenti Massachusetts has built its network of hiring partners to also include Eversource, the Executive Office of Technology Services and Security, Liberty Mutual, MIT Lincoln Laboratory, Partners Healthcare, RSM, and Suffolk Construction. We continue to connect and work with new companies as well as our existing employers to build tech talent pipelines and open more doors for individuals to pursue careers in tech.
Apprenti Massachusetts launched a Cybersecurity Analyst Cohort in late March 2020, marking its fourth cohort in the state. Apprenti Massachusetts plans to launch additional cohorts including a Software Developer Cohort in June 2020 and an IT Business Analyst Cohort in September 2020. More cohorts are in development, in response to and shaped by employer need.
Apprenti’s earliest Massachusetts work will focus on the Software Developer occupation, which has been identified as the most pressing need for employers in the Commonwealth. In 2016, there were almost 30,000 job postings in Massachusetts for Software Developers. The Software Developer occupation also carries strong earnings potential, with annual salaries averaging over $96,000 in Massachusetts.
Like other tech occupations, many Software Developer positions go unfilled for preventable reasons. In Massachusetts, top employers including Wayfair, Carbon Black, Cengage, Harvard University Information Technology, and PTC are hiring Software Developer apprentices out of the Apprenti program. These employers are committed to providing apprentices with valuable “on-the-job” training and mentoring support so that apprentices will be set up for success as they pursue rewarding, long-term careers in technology.
Apprenti will be adding additional hiring partners and occupations in the coming months. If you are interested in becoming a hiring partner, contact us.