An apprenticeship is a 6 month (or more!) paid training program aimed at developing specialized, in-demand skills. Apprenticeships are guided and supported by an advanced expert in the work. You remember the Medieval blacksmiths? That's right, this path has been proven for 500+ years.
Apprenticeships are different than internships because they don't assume you recently graduated from higher education, and thus tend to be more diverse, equitable, and inclusive. Low income families, parents, veterans, caregivers, people with disabilities or health concerns, sabbatical takers, self-taught learners, and so many more people benefit from apprenticeships.
Apprenticeships offer a unique opportunity to address many deep, complex, crucial issues head on, such as the student loan crisis, high college dropout rates, plummeting rates of employer sponsored training, and corporate diversity and inclusion - all at once.
"Engineering talent comes in many different forms and from many different backgrounds, and it’s more than just technical chops: it involves curiosity, problem solving, and passion. At LinkedIn, we recognize that engineering talent doesn’t always come from traditional training, especially when there are so many different paths to programming today."
"Non-traditional can have many meanings, but we chose to define it as any candidate without formal computer science education. This includes coding bootcamp grads, self-taught coders, those looking to re-enter the tech workforce, and others. We knew that this significant talent pool is too often overlooked and is one that would bring unique benefits to our teams."
“This program couldn’t just be about providing training, or even job opportunities to our apprentices. We’ve worked hard to build a safe and special culture at Slack, where people who come from different backgrounds can thrive just as well as those who followed traditional paths.”