New Horizons Learning Group, a leader in technical, application and business skills education and training, has launched a new apprenticeship program in California for aspiring information technology (IT) professionals in collaboration with the American Institutes for Research (AIR) and CompTIA.
New Horizons is the latest organization to join CompTIA Apprenticeships for Tech, a national initiative to help employers fill current and long-term IT staffing needs through an “earn and learn” apprenticeship program that is also creating employment opportunities for people from a diversity of backgrounds.
“We believe that the timing is perfect to introduce our Information Technology Apprenticeships to businesses in our communities,” said Cindy Sutherland, president, New Horizons Learning Group. “Our partnership with AIR and CompTIA will support businesses in California with their hiring needs by supplying them with the skilled and qualified talent they are struggling to find in today’s employee driven workforce.”
New Horizons is serving as a multi-employer sponsor serving employers and apprentices under a United States Department of Labor (USDOL) standards-based Registered Apprenticeship. The company is currently recruiting apprentices for its first cohort for training in four high-demand IT job roles – tech support specialists, network support specialists, cybersecurity support technicians and tech project coordinators.
“We will be identifying individuals who will benefit from our training and are either new to IT or upskilling to new positions through our apprenticeship program,” Sutherland said.
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Employers across the United States listed job postings for more than 115,000 open IT positions in the month of April. In California job postings for IT occupations surpassed 54,000.
Training delivered through the apprenticeship program is based on National Guideline Standards created by CompTIA and approved by the USDOL. These standards detail the competencies in technical and employability skills that apprentices need to join the IT workforce.
“Apprenticeships have long been a proven method for building skills and expanding employment opportunities, and they’re gaining traction in the IT workforce as employers seek out new ways to develop tech talent,” said Amy Kardel, senior vice president for workforce relationships at CompTIA. “New Horizons has a well-deserved reputation for preparing people for careers in technology. We are pleased to welcome them to our apprenticeship program.”
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