As Trump Throttles Immigration, Tech Looks to Apprentices for Its Needs

April 11, 2017

A year ago, Shawn Farrow worked full time as a mover, hauling boxes for wealthy tech engineers in Seattle. These days, Farrow isn’t just lugging furniture for tech workers. He’s a tech worker himself.

Farrow is an apprentice engineer, writing code from the comfort of his desk at Avvo, a Seattle tech firm. He is a fresh breed of tech worker coming into the industry through a new type of training program that is designed to identify talented individuals from non-traditional backgrounds.

“It’s more rewarding for me coming to an office and using my brain rather than my physical abilities,” Farrow says. “It’s a different kind of fatigue, but it’s rewarding.”

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