By Carrie Ghose – Staff reporter, Columbus Business First
A nonprofit apprenticeship that puts novices in junior software and technology jobs is expanding to Ohio – including a Columbus branch – and three other states with the help of a $7.5 million federal grant.
Apprenti was founded last year in Seattle by the nonprofit Washington Technology Industry Association to help employers with a persistent talent crunch.
The pilot year resulted in 100 job placements with companies such as Microsoft Corp. and Amazon.com Inc.
The program will set up chapters in Columbus, Cleveland and Cincinnati, a spokesman said, but the office locations and local hiring partners are not yet announced.
Each state will require public-private partnerships, he said. I contacted likely partners such as the Ohio Development Services Agency and Columbus 2020, who said they hadn't heard much about the program.
I left messages with Rev1 Ventures and JPMorgan Chase & Co., which was a sponsor of the Seattle program and has a huge Columbus operation.
Participants go through up to 20 weeks of training in jobs such as software developer, database administrator or web designer, then enter a one-year paid apprenticeship.
Apprenti joins other programs seeking to quickly train workers for a career switch to tech: Nonprofit i.c.stars and for-profit Tech Elevator.