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Utah Technology Apprenticeship Program (UTAP)
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Information technology (IT) employment in Utah expanded by 46.6% from 2010 through 2019, the largest percentage increase of any state in the country, according to Cyberstates 2020™.
The state added an estimated 47,275 tech jobs during the decade with net tech employment in Utah approaching 150,000 workers, 9.4% of the state’s total workforce.
In 2019 alone, net tech employment increased by more than 5,700 over the prior year and the fifth highest growth rate in the country. Tech added more jobs to the Utah labor force than any other industry last year, in spite of 6,000 jobs also going unfilled from lack of available talent.
There are now an estimated 7,600 tech business establishments in the state with the tech industry accounting for $18.5 billion, or 11.2%, of the total Utah economy.
The estimated median tech occupation wage in Utah is currently at $77,641. That is 87% higher than the median wage for all occupations in the state.
“Technology powered job growth and economic gains in the past decade in Utah and across the country while delivering countless benefits in how we work, communicate, create and share,” said Todd Thibodeaux, president and CEO of CompTIA.1
“Looking ahead, the need for professionals from all backgrounds to develop, support, and protect these technologies will continue to grow,” Thibodeaux added. “In these trying times it is often difficult to think beyond today, but we must remain committed to preparing the workforce of tomorrow for success in whatever the future may hold.”
To address the demand for more tech professionals in Utah, the Utah Technology Apprenticeship Program (UTAP) was created as an innovative solution to help Utah’s organizations find and develop the talent they need for now and for the future.
Partnered with Apprenti, UTAP works with each industry partner to identify the technical training and the soft skills candidates will need to be successful within the respective company and in the tech industry generally.
UTAP/Apprenti then recruits, vets, and presents candidates for selection. For those selected candidates, UTAP then coordinates and arranges the applicable classroom training and helps outline the “on-the-job” training which will be needed to have the candidates become fully trained and effective tech professionals.
This initiative can also help an organization increase its diversity footprint in tech positions by providing a very diverse talent pool from which to choose, including women, people of color, people with disabilities and veterans.
Partners in this statewide initiative include the Department of Workforce Services, Silicon Slopes, Association for Information Management (AIM), STEM Action Center, Women Tech Council, RizeNext, Latinas in Tech and Utah Higher Education System of Schools.
Federal, State and Local Funding is available to help organizations with their individual apprenticeship programs.
The Utah Technology Apprenticeship Program is accepting applications for those interested in participating in a program that could change their life. Now is the time to begin your career in tech.