Services provider SNS Technologies has joined CompTIA Apprenticeships for Tech's initiative that is dedicated to the expansion and diversification of the information technology workforce through apprenticeships. Their program specifically will focus on providing solid career opportunities for women, people with disabilities, and people of color. The program was developed by CompTIA and is funded through the U.S. Department of Labor.
“In providing needed training and paying for time spent learning, apprenticeship programs are one avenue to increasing diversity — especially for industries that struggle to diversify representation among workers. According to career site Zippia’s data science team, nearly three-quarters of IT workers are men and 61% are White. The majority also hold a Bachelor’s degree. The partnership follows a $40 million commitment the U.S. Department of Labor made in March toward apprenticeships that prioritize diversity initiatives. The Biden Administration signaled its support for registered apprenticeships in February, when the president endorsed Congressman Bobby Scott’s National Apprenticeship Act of 2021 — an initiative that stalled after passing the House — and reinstated the National Advisory Committee on Apprenticeships.”
Increasing the diversity within the skilled worker talent pool has been a focus among leaders in the industry for some time now and as the skilled worker shortage continues to remain a factor for businesses in the recruiting process programs like these will help to rebuild the workforce. Programs have even expanded to organizations like The Prison Scholar Fund where they have partnered to train formerly incarcerated people in web development and software engineering.