Earn while you learn: Apprentice programs can benefit employers and workers
Whether the challenge is finding new hires to support digital transformation projects or, upskilling current workers, there's no shortage of workforce needs for tech companies and businesses in general. European businesses have long used apprenticeships to build a workforce and American companies are starting to come around to this approach as well.
In April, the U.S. Government Accountability Office suggested new policies to support workers and employers such as establishing lifelong learning accounts for workers to fund continuous education and training opportunities. The GAO also suggested encouraging employers to build apprenticeship programs.
The Department of Labor collected this data about the state of apprenticeships in 2020:
- 221,000 individuals nationwide entered the apprenticeship system
- 636,000 apprentices earned wages while in a program
- 82,000 apprentices graduated from the apprenticeship programs
The pandemic slowed momentum for these career development efforts as everything went virtual. However, the U.S. government acted to expand apprenticeships as part of the economic response to job losses during the pandemic. The House of Representatives passed an apprenticeship bill in February and it is now in the Senate. The bill provides billions in funding for apprenticeship programs and gives the Department of Labor authority to support these efforts.
Here's a look at tech companies that have new or established apprenticeship programs that are taking applicants now.
CompTIA Apprenticeships for Tech
One of the newest programs launched at the end of August. CompTIA's apprenticeship program just added four new programs to go along with new standards released by the Department of Labor. The new training programs cover these entry-level tech jobs:
- Cybersecurity support technician
- Network support specialist
- Tech project coordinator
- Tech support specialist