Apprentech Launches in 2018!
Tech is expanding more rapidly than any other industry. One in 20 job openings is technology related, and that does not take into account the digital skills needed for almost every job. The NTC is creating ApprenTech Tennessee, the first technology-focused apprenticeship program In Tennessee and will debut a pilot project in Nashville in 2018. The proposed model builds upon Governor Bill Haslam’s “Drive to 55” initiative with tuition-free industry certification training and subsequent mentoring support for new employees throughout their first year of employment.
Unlike internships or traditional job training options, ApprenTech Tennessee combines paid on-the-job training and education with placement in highly skilled, salary-competitive occupations. The program works with the tech industry to identify mid-tier jobs ready to be filled by highly competent people – regardless of educational background. ApprenTech Tennessee will actively recruit women, minorities, and veterans to aid in diversifying the tech industry, but everyone is eligible and encouraged to apply.
We are actively laying the groundwork for the 2018 debut of ApprenTech Tennessee, a technology-focused apprenticeship program. ApprenTech Tennessee combines paid on-the-job training, classroom education, and placement in a high paying, high-skill occupation.
Few issues are as important to the health and growth of our economy as ensuring the continued development of a trained and talented technology workforce. Talent is the new currency, the new metric by which success will be measured, and will become the focus of economic development in the years ahead. With 1.8 million tech jobs projected to go unfilled in the U.S. alone by 2024, it is critical that we actively seed the continued expansion of our tech workforce and inspire and equip current workers to lead into the next wave of technology evolution. ApprenTech Tennessee will be a tremendous addition to our ever-expanding efforts to assemble a tech workforce that will support our continued growth and economic prosperity.
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