Economy

ASU sponsors new program to help fill tech roles

University partners with American Institutes for Research and CompTIA

Posted 7/27/22

Arizona State University has launched a new apprenticeship program for information technology professionals in collaboration with the American Institutes for Research and CompTIA.

ASU is the …

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Economy

ASU sponsors new program to help fill tech roles

University partners with American Institutes for Research and CompTIA

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Arizona State University has launched a new apprenticeship program for information technology professionals in collaboration with the American Institutes for Research and CompTIA.

ASU 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.

The university is a multi-employer sponsor serving employers and apprentices under a standards-based registered apprenticeship with the Arizona Department of Economic Security. ASU is recruiting employers and apprentices for tech project coordinator positions.

"Project coordinators fill a critical need in project teams and grow into leadership roles in managing large-scale IT projects," said Raghu Santanam, senior associate dean, executive education, corporate partnerships and lifelong learning and principal investigator for the Digital Workforce Apprenticeship Partnership at the W. P. Carey School of Business, Arizona State University. "Apprenticeships in this technical role are ideal for beginning an exciting career path in IT. We applaud our AZNext employer partners for their innovative leadership in participating in this program."

In June, U.S. employers listed job openings for more than 29,000 positions in IT project management.

"The strong demand for IT project management skills reflects the reality that technology is a critical component in virtually every project, whether small, medium or large," said Amy Kardel, senior vice president for workforce relations at CompTIA.

Apprentices receive on-the-job experience and classroom instruction in project management basics, general IT terminology and concepts, business acumen, employability skills and other areas. The standards also include guidance on the qualifications and recruitment of prospective apprentices, the duration of training and a recommended wage scale.

AIR, a nonpartisan nonprofit organization that conducts behavioral and social science research and delivers technical assistance domesitically and internationally in education, health and the workforce, and CompTIA, the nonprofit association for the IT industry and workforce, were selected to serve as a national intermediary for expansion of apprenticeship in tech occupations. More information is available at https://www.comptia.org/content/lp/apprenticeships-for-tech.

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