Apprenti Affiliate – PGH
Assistant Director of Talent Development and Apprenticeships
Pittsburgh, once a center for the production of steel, iron, and glass, has rapidly emerged as a center of innovation in tech careers. As Pittsburgh has gained tech momentum it has seen a rise in high-tech business services becoming a vibrant hub for artificial intelligence, robotics, machine learning, and biomedical companies-eager to attract talent. We look to build that talent pipeline through the time-tested model of apprenticeship.
Just as Pittsburgh sits at the intersection of its three rivers, Apprenti PGH is a non-traditional solution that works to set goals at the intersection of both talent demand and talent supply. Our mission of workforce development is driven by the demand of our employer partners and then pivots to being supply-focused. There is an ever-growing demand among the region’s tech industry for an agile and skilled workforce that can fill mid and entry-level job occupations. At the same time, there are non-traditional job seekers who have the aptitude to succeed in tech careers but, due to lack of awareness, accessibility, and training, have been unable to pursue IT career pathways.
Apprenti PGH will enable members of underrepresented groups to have a chance to take part in and benefit from the high-paying wages of our region’s growth in the tech industry.
We actively recruit individuals with an interest in tech, regardless of educational or professional background. Our efforts are focused on underrepresented groups, including women, people of color, veterans, people with disabilities, and displaced workers–but all are welcome.
Becoming part of Apprenti PGH requires no experience in the field of tech–just an interest in innovation, aptitude, and grit. We are excited to launch our first software analyst cohort. Take the first step towards becoming part of Pittsburgh’s tech talent pool by applying to become an apprentice.
A Smart City
In 2019, the 9,883 technology firms in Pittsburgh employed 314,138 individuals and account for nearly 24.4%of the area’s overall workforce. The $25.2 billion annual payroll of technology and related companies represents more than 34.8% of the region’s total wages. And most importantly, these opportunities are continuing to grow rapidly. Today, tech jobs represent 3.9% of the labor market with 2,400 new jobs in engineering and 3,900 in systems design. The average wage for a tech worker in Pittsburgh is $83,100.
Fortyx80, in Partnership with the Pittsburgh Technology Council
The Pittsburgh region is at a nexus in terms of its ability to meet current and future workforce needs. Fortyx80, which is the longitude and latitude of Pittsburgh, is where innovation and capital intersect. The mission of the team at Fortyx80 is to connect innovation companies with global resources to fuel a vibrant economic ecosystem. This work is done through education, workforce development, and support of entrepreneurs and startups. As the non-profit arm of the Pittsburgh Technology Council, it has direct access to thousands of local tech companies that could serve as employer partners, training partners, or community partners embedded in the neighborhoods of our target demographics.
As part of Apprenti PGH’s employer driven model, we appreciate the opportunity to connect directly with employers interested in filling their open roles through our train and retain model of apprenticeship. We strive to build a strong, diverse pipeline of candidates interested in pursuing a career in tech at one of our innovative hiring partners in Pittsburgh. Reach out to learn more about how to leverage apprenticeship in your company or organization.
To apply for apprenticeship opportunities in Pittsburgh, take the assessment.