This sounds too good to be true. Is this real life?
We hear that a lot! We think the idea that you can get coursework, credentials, a vocation, mentorship, and sponsorship all in one transformational paid experience is pretty amazing too. That's why we're here! We'll help you find or build the apprenticeship of your dreams.
What is an apprenticeship?
An apprenticeship is a 6 month (or more!) paid training program aimed at developing specialized, in-demand skills. Coursework, credential(s), a vocation, mentorship, and sponsorship are all bundled into one transformational paid experience. You remember the Medieval blacksmiths right Apprenticeships have been proven for 500+ years.
What’s the difference between an apprenticeship and an internship?
Apprenticeships don't assume you are attending or recently graduated from an academic institution, and thus tend to be more diverse, equitable, and inclusive. Apprenticeships always offer the possibility of conversion to full time employment at the end of the program. Internships, on the other hand, serve college students and assume you'll return to school afterwards.
Who are apprenticeships for?
Apprenticeships are built for people who want to earn and learn, because it's often not possible to forgo full time income and take on student debt. Instead of sitting in a classroom or studying from a textbook, apprenticeships offer real-world practice and day to day work responsibilities, which can be more engaging and fulfilling if you're someone who thrives seeing the impact of what you do. Students who don't thrive in or enjoy typical academic environments, career pivoters, return-to-work parents, veterans, caregivers, people with disabilities or health concerns, currently and formerly incarcerated folks, sabbatical takers, self-taught learners, and so many more amazing people benefit from apprenticeships.
Who is this built for? Should I join?
Today, we're in beta, so that makes you an early adopter and a crucial supporter. Our platform is built around supporting and empowering candidates who want to apply to and land apprenticeship programs, but our curriculum and resources provide an outstanding foundation and excellent framework for any job seeker or student, regardless of your educational background. To have the best shot at landing an apprenticeship, you should have a non-traditional education background for your chosen career or industry. Most likely, this means you didn't attend college or university for the career path you want to pursue today, and/or you took an extended break from your career due to things like caregiving, military service, illness, disability, or incarceration. We do not require you to join an apprenticeship if you choose to join as a member, so you can apply for any jobs, school, or opportunities as you wish. We just hope you choose to believe in, promote, and invest in apprenticeships as the future of education and work as a member here. Around here, we're big on leaving the world a better place than we found it and building the future we want for all of our great grandkids.
Who is this not built for? Am I in the right place?
Apprenticeships are by far the most accessible, inclusive and equitable talent development programs that companies offer today, so we hope you're excited about that! If you can't directly join and benefit from them right now, we guarantee you might in the future, and be sure to keep them in mind for your friends, family, and maybe even your future grandchild. tl;dr If you are a recent university graduate with a Bachelor's or above level degree looking for an opportunity in the field you studied, apprenticeships are not built for you. You should look for internships and entry level and above jobs. If you are switching careers, returning to the workforce, or joining a career without a Bachelor's degree or above in your field - you're in the right place and we're so glad you're here.
How long should I expect to subscribe before I reach an outcome?
Depending on your background, goals, and time commitment, we expect most candidates need at least 3 to 6 months to successfully transition into an apprenticeship that's in high demand. Depending on the job and location, some apprenticeships you can join immediately without much hassle, though! The process is unique to each candidate and career.
What's the right membership level for me? How should I pick?
Great question! We're excited you're ready to join. You should pick based on how much expert support you want from our team. If you already have access to a career coach or careers department, or you have the support and accountability you need from a friend, colleague, or family member, we built the Self-Starter level to get there on your own. If you're curious to make a career transition in the next 6-12+ months, but aren't quite sure yet, we built the Explorer level for you. We'll give you the support and knowledge you need to explore, plan, and transition. If you're ready to join an apprenticeship in the next 3+ months, already did a bootcamp, certificate, or several courses for your transition, and need the context, accountability and feedback to push you over the finish line, the Committed level is for you. You'll have 24/7 direct messaging with apprenticeship experts, weekly group sessions, and monthly 1:1 check-ins to take you to the next level.
How will I use this platform to land an apprenticeship?
During our beta, we're offering 3 major features that we know work. Our Founder, Kam, has worked with over 700+ non-traditional candidates, helping them land and accept offers in nearly all of the best apprenticeships in the market today. She's specialized in apprenticeships for over 7 years. The 3 major features we know you need to succeed are: discovery, profile, and community. In our beta, we help you find and prepare for all the best open programs, produce the most competitive and exciting profile for yourself possible, and show you all that you can aspire to and dream of with the support of ambitious peers and knowledgable experts.
I don't know what apprenticeship I want to apply for. What should I do?
No problem, babe! We built the Explorer level just for you. We hope the monthly cost is reasonable enough to offer you the time and space you need while you explore, and that the direct messaging and group sessions keep you on track to discover and commit to your path.
I'm only applying to one specific apprenticeship. What should I do?
Excellent! That kind of laser focus will get you far. We recommend you sign up for at least 1 month to get the support you need to apply and interview. After that, feel free to cancel whenever you want!
I'm a current or past apprentice. Can I join?
We're so happy you're here! We're big fans. The best answer is sure! We're in beta right now, and are building more features and resources just for you.
Why do apprenticeships matter?
Apprenticeships are the most accessible, flexible, affordable and proven tool we know to develop people, skills, and organizations simultaneously. Apprenticeships serve the widest range of careers and the widest range of candidates across every life stage and circumstance. We’re talking 80%+ of any country’s workforce! Apprenticeships can be used for lateral pivots into new career fields and for upward promotions into more advanced and managerial positions. Apprenticeships embed a strong, dedicated culture of learning and new skill development into the organizations that adopt them - making these organizations and the people in them more prepared for the 21st century and beyond. Apprenticeships offer a unique opportunity to address many deep, complex, and crucial issues head on, such as the student loan crisis, high college dropout rates, high workforce dropout rates among moms, too few transitional opportunities for veterans and formerly incarcerated folks, and corporate diversity and inclusion - all at once.
Is this an income share agreement (ISA)?
No, this is not. Our Founder, Kam was part of the team that pioneered income share agreements (ISAs) at Learner's Guild in Oakland in 2015 and earlier, and stands against them. We do not support or believe in income share agreements (ISAs) around here. You cannot solve a student loan crisis with even more high risk, high interest student loan debt. You also cannot solve a student loan debt crisis with forgiveness. We work on and invest in apprenticeships because they actually solve these problems, rather than worsen, ignore or delay them.