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Technology Companies Turn to Apprenticeships in Tight Labor Market


An apprentice learns mechanical repair.

Technology companies are seeking to expand apprenticeships in areas like cybersecurity and software engineering.

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A broad technology industry effort to expand apprenticeships in areas like cybersecurity and software engineering was unveiled this week at CES 2019.

Seventeen tech firms in all will offer apprenticeships to thousands of workers across 20 U.S. states to help fill a skills shortfall.

Worker retraining is becoming an industry priority as companies invest substantially in technologies like artificial intelligence, which is seen as driving further labor automation, feeding the need for employees to acquire new skills.

Apprenticeships also allow tech firms to bring in recent high school or community college graduates, as well as more seasoned professionals looking for a career change.

Silicon Valley companies also can use apprenticeships to boost workforce diversity.

Jennifer Taylor at the Consumer Technology Association said apprenticeships “will have a tremendous impact on diversifying the industry.”

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