Apprenti ™ Ohio Celebrates National Apprenticeship Week November 11-17

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Apprenti™ , the nation’s first registered tech apprenticeship program dedicated to recruiting, training and placing diverse tech talent into roles at top companies, heads into its second year in Columbus and surrounding counties to fill software development jobs and other tech positions at companies such as Huntington National Bank, JP Morgan Chase and other local companies. Join us in celebrating National Apprenticeship Week Nov. 11-17, 2019.

Today, there are over 500K technology jobs open in the U.S. that cannot all be filled due to the growing skills gap that exists in the workforce. Many of these vacancies remain open because job creators cannot find job seekers with the right skills. More over nearly 40 percent of IT jobs require less than an undergraduate degree, and instead can be filled by highly motivated candidates with specialized training, like registered apprenticeship.

Apprenti provides a proven pipeline for employers and economic mobility for apprentices. By focusing on engaging with groups that are typically underrepresented in tech, including people of color, women, and veterans, and providing training both in the classroom and on the job, Apprenti is empowering job seekers to secure higher paying full time employment while also supporting a more diverse tech community.

Apprenticeships offer workers paid, relevant workplace experiences while acquiring the skills and credentials that employers value. Organizations across diverse industries, such as information technology and healthcare, benefit from Apprenti’s apprenticeship model, enabling industry leaders to grow and innovate in the 21st century with highly motivated, more diverse and specifically trained talent.

Apprenti Ohio works with JP Morgan Chase, Huntington Bank, Kroger and Great American Insurance to support their talent pipelines in Columbus, Cleveland and Cincinnati. ~ 40 apprentices have been placed through the Ohio program so far.

In its fifth year, National Apprenticeship Week (NAW) is a nationwide celebration established by the U.S. Department of Labor to bring together leading business, labor, education and other critical partners to showcase the impact apprenticeship programs have on closing the U.S. skills gap for the American workforce.

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Media contact:
Jane Footh
Barokas Communications
(206) 605-4366

About Apprenti

Apprenti is a registered apprenticeship program powered by the Washingto\n Technology Industry Association (WTIA). Apprenti trains future tech workers with an emphasis on underrepresented groups including women, minorities and veterans. Apprenti is an industry recognized, state and federally accredited program. Apprentices receive two to five months of full-time, industry recognized training before beginning one-year of paid on-the-job training with one of the program’s hiring partners. The program is partially funded through a U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) contract and a grant from the American Apprenticeship Initiative (AAI), with support from the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries (L&I), and JP Morgan Chase.

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