How An Apprenticeship Pilot Might Solve Tech’s Diversity Problem

September 27, 2016

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics forecasts a surge of over 1.3 million technology sector jobs by 2020. These jobs will fall under computer programming and computer support specialist roles.

Despite the increase in jobs, the tech sector will have trouble filling these roles because of a widening skills gap in the marketplace. A lack of representation among women, African-Americans, Hispanics, new immigrants, and even veterans makes it difficult to create any diversity within the field.

Apprenti, an apprenticeship program being piloted by the Washington Technology Industry Association, is hoping to diversify the skill set and talent pool. The program combines training, testing, and a co-op employment placement model to match newly skilled tech workers with hiring tech companies. Apprenti was recently awarded $7.5 million by the U.S. Labor Department to expand its apprenticeship model nationwide.

Jennifer Carlson serves as the Executive Director of the Washington Technology Industry Association’s Workforce Institute. Carlson oversees development and implementation of the Apprenti program within Washington State, and eventually nationwide.

Comments are closed.

Let's Work Together

Give us a holler, we'd love to connect.

Latest Tweet