FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
June 25, 2020
Innovative approach to job training through apprenticeships will provide new pathways to individuals interested in IT and cybersecurity roles.
PHOENIX – On June 24, the Greater Phoenix Chamber Foundation launched Apprenti Arizona, the newest location for Apprenti, the nation’s first technology registered apprenticeship program. The Apprenti model offers a platform to fill critical IT roles with untapped talent.
Apprenti offers a new approach to filling the talent gap through the time-tested model of registered apprenticeship. Using Apprenti’s proprietary screening process, employers receive access to a quicker path to diverse, qualified and certified tech talent.
The Greater Phoenix Chamber Foundation is committed to finding workforce solutions for key industries in Arizona.
“There are more than 12,000 tech and cybersecurity jobs available in Arizona. Filling these roles with qualified talent is vital for Arizona’s recovery and continued growth,” stated Jennifer Mellor, Chief Innovation Officer of the Greater Phoenix Chamber Foundation. “Apprenti will provide companies with a proven model to fill their talent pipelines, and will place diverse candidates in high-wage, high-potential positions.”
The Foundation hosted a virtual launch event for employers, featuring Jennifer Carlson, Co-Founder, Executive Director, WTIA Workforce Institute & Apprenti.
“This is an exciting day for Apprenti and our partners here in Arizona that have worked alongside us to get this program up and running,” said Jennifer Carlson, Executive Director, Apprenti. “We’re looking forward to developing untapped, local talent and empowering Arizonans to strengthen the tech ecosystem nationwide.”
Salt River Project (SRP), was the first company to pilot Apprenti in Arizona. Kelly Barr, Associate General Manager, Chief Strategy, Corporate Services and Sustainability Executive with SRP shared Apprenti’s value in preparing employees from their Navajo Generating Station to take on new IT positions within their organization. Launch event attendees also heard from Laura Cooney, Business Analysis Center of Excellence Team Lead with SRP and Brian Kerr, one of SRP’s successful apprentices.
“The Apprenti program provides a unique opportunity to retrain and retain a highly skilled and diverse group of employees following the redeployment of Navajo Generating Station,” said SRP CEO and General Manager Mike Hummel. “Our apprentices from NGS bring a wealth of knowledge and experience about operations that can be hard to find in traditional IT professionals and will help fill our needs for the workforce of the future.”
Arizona Companies with technology hiring needs can learn more about the benefits of Apprenti and how to become an Apprenti employer at the Apprenti Arizona webpage. Interested companies may contact Ngan Pham, Workforce Development Manager for the Foundation at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Interested candidates can learn more and complete the apprentice assessment at https://portal.apprenticareers.org/.
About the Greater Phoenix Chamber Foundation
Launched in 2016, the Greater Phoenix Chamber Foundation carries out charitable and education objectives by conducting research, forming partnerships and hosting events focused on education, workforce development, wellness, and community development.
Apprenti is a registered apprenticeship program powered by the Washington Technology Industry Association (WTIA) Workforce Institute. The WTIA Workforce Institute is a 501c3 organization created to address the workforce shortage in the tech industry and identify diverse talent to meet industry needs. Apprenti trains future tech workers with an emphasis on underrepresented groups including women, minorities and veterans. Apprenti receives partial funding from the United States Department of Labor for operational expenses. Pursuant to Section 511, PL 101-166, Apprenti’s federal share of program expenditures is $1.69M annually (36% of 2018 total budget). Nongovernmental funds account for $1.17M (25%) of expenses, with the remaining $1.85M (39%) contributed by state/local funding. Please visit apprenticareers.org/dol-funding-disclosure/ for more information.