An Internship Program Investing in the Future
In this episode of Technically People, Jennifer Carlson, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Apprenti, discusses how her apprentice program helps enterprise companies increase diversity while meeting their aggressive headcount needs in the midst of a tech skills shortage. Apprenti blends classroom learning with on-the-job training, preparing apprentices to fill mid-level roles (software dev, cybersecurity, tech sales, cloud ops). Most apprentices are members of the BIPOC community, women, veterans and people who don’t have a formal CS education but who demonstrate ability in math and critical thinking. Carlson works by unearthing hidden potential. For instance, upon meeting with one applicant, a Burger King manager, she dug deeper to find he was actually doing supply chain management. While a “Burger King manager” resume wouldn’t see the light of day at a typical tech company, his history of solving complex problems landed him an apprenticeship. Highlights: Tech roles outpace the number of CS graduates coming from U.S. colleges Less than 5% of the national tech workforce is composed of people from BIPOC communities versus 56% of Apprenti applicants 84% of the program's apprentices stay at the company in which they’ve been placed Upskilling apprentices is fiscally responsible; it costs less than acquiring new talent through traditional sourcing and recruiter fees How to work with Apprenti Check out these resources we mentioned during the podcast: apprenticareers.org Find every episode of Technically People on Apple, Spotify and more. Find us on our website and join the conversation on LinkedIn. Listening on a desktop & can’t see the links? Just search for Technically People in your favorite podcast player.