Apprenticeships on the Rise at New York Tech and Finance Firms #MakerEducation
The WSJ highlights an interesting employment trend that’s emerging at NYC finance and tech companies.
Apprenticeships have long been associated with manufacturing and construction jobs. But some New York City tech and finance companies have started to use apprenticeships as a way to train new hires and diversify their workforces.
While these efforts were growing in number, Mayor Bill de Blasio last year announced a new initiative to establish 450 apprenticeships in the industrial, health and tech industries by 2020. The city will use models already pioneered by some tech companies to encourage other businesses to hire apprentices.
Joshua Ortiz was always interested in computers, but after getting an associate degree in applied science, the Bronx native found even entry-level technology positions required certifications he couldn’t afford.
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