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Seeking Tech Talent, Companies Kickstart Apprenticeship Programs


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Former apprentices are now full-time employees at IBM working on software engineering and software development.

Companies challenged by the shortage of skilled technology staff are using an old-fashioned methodthe apprenticeshipto recruit nontraditional workers for entry-level roles.

Credit: IBM

Companies are launching apprenticeship programs to recruit nontraditional staff for entry-level positions in the midst of a technology talent shortage.

Many applicants have a high school education, and apprenticeships provide training in digital skills like programming languages.

Auto-parts supplier Robert Bosch's 12-month apprenticeship program will train applicants as software engineers for emergent technologies like driver assistance and autonomous vehicles; training will focus on system architecture, design, and C++ coding, along with soft skills such as communication, presentations, collaboration, and project management.

Said Bosch’s Charlie Ackerman of the program, “The rapid change seen particularly in high-tech presents a challenge for education to adapt quickly enough. Industry cannot wait and is forced to take additional steps.”

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