Smoothstack – Press Releases
Wednesday, July 14, 2021
REGISTERED APPRENTICESHIP IN INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY IS PUTTING VIRGINIANS TO WORK WHILE FILLING THE NEED FOR SOFTWARE DEVELOPERS
Fairfax, Virginia- Smoothstack has embarked on a journey with the Virginia Department of Labor and Industry by registering as an apprenticeship program.
Smoothstack has successfully hired, trained, and deployed 35 apprentices in software development; working on projects throughout Virginia supporting local and national companies.
According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, the demand for software developers will grow 22% by 2029. Traditionally, employers have looked to four-year degree programs to fill this gap. However, employers cite a lack of real-world experience and skills in filling vacant positions, along with the additional burden of high turnover rates. Smoothstack’s Apprenticeship Program is disrupting the IT industry by providing an alternative pathway to IT careers. Unlike pay-for-training programs, Smoothstack employs participants from day one, paying them to both learn and work.
By focusing on employer partners’ needs, Smoothstack customizes the recruitment and training of diverse candidates. Apprenticeship training simulates the employer partners’ true technology environment, making for a seamless transition between classroom learning and work placement. By working with Smoothstack, employer partners develop a well-trained workforce, build their bench with specialists, benefit from increased employee retention and diversity, and overall improve their bottom line.
“We appreciate the support we are getting from the Virginia Department of Labor and Industry – Division of Registered Apprenticeship in making this program a success. In a short period of time, we have become the largest supplier of software development apprenticeship talent in the state. We are grateful for all of the local support and are looking forward to registering apprentices with our new cybersecurity apprenticeship.” – Martha Laughman, Director of Workforce Development.
“Director Morrison was thrilled to be able to develop this program as it substantiated the feasibility of using the RA (Registered Apprenticeship) Model for Information Technology, Computer Science and Cybersecurity. The Northern Virginia area is rich with opportunities for any sized company in this sector” – Virginia Department of Labor and Industry
To learn more about how you can get involved please visit us at smoothstack.com
For more information, please contact Smoothstack at DigitalMarketing@Smoothstack.com
February 18, 2021
IT REGISTERED APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAM COMES TO CONNECTICUT ON THE HELM OF GOV LAMONT’S WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVE
HARTFORD, Conn. — Smoothstack has embarked on a journey with the Connecticut Department of Labor by becoming a Registered Apprenticeship Program.
Since beginning their work with the state of Connecticut, Smoothstack has successfully hired, trained and deployed seven .NET and MS Dynamics, programmers. This team is currently supporting the development of the state’s Comprehensive Child Welfare Information System (CCWIS) by upgrading older in-house applications and standardizing documentation. Upgrading Connecticut’s systems to cutting-edge technology, the team itself is also cutting-edge: it is composed of apprentices.
Smoothstack is disrupting the traditional workforce model by creating an alternative pathway into IT, a field once reserved for candidates completing traditional four-year degrees. The Smoothstack approach starts with identifying employer partners’ needs. Smoothstack then designs front-loaded Related Technical Instruction customized to each partner, simulating the working environment. This prepares apprentices to begin work on day one with a skillset commensurate with more senior peers.
“Skills-based hiring has become a critical practice for businesses confronting the accelerating pace of technological change, where jobseeker skills and occupational competencies (validated through credentials/assessments) are emphasized over traditional degrees. Skills-based hiring strategies expand the talent pool while de-risking the hiring process and result in significant benefits for job seekers and employers, such as reductions in employee turnover and training time,” said Alex Johnson, President & CEO at Capital Workforce.
Through Smoothstack’s apprenticeship program, employer partners attract and retain top-notch talent from diverse populations. Successful companies recruit not just to fill today’s gaps, but also to build their future bench. Long-term success is dependent on having the right talent to grow an organization, and Smoothstack provides that talent. The result is employees who are skilled and engaged, contributing to the employer partners’ long-term success.
The launch of the Smoothstack IT Apprenticeship in Connecticut coincides with Governor Ned Lamont’s proposed legislation focused on creating an agile, equitable, and high-performing workforce in Connecticut as well as the announcement of a $10 million Workforce Development Initiative.
Regarding the team modernizing Connecticut’s systems, John Akkara, CEO of Smoothstack, said, “We are extremely proud to have seven highly effective apprentices supporting the State of Connecticut in the enterprise upgrade project for the Child Welfare Information System. Our work in Connecticut is just beginning. We are excited about our newly minted partnership with the state of Connecticut, specifically, with this administration’s emphasis on merit and skill-based hiring in the IT space.”
We are grateful for the support we are receiving from the Connecticut Department of Labor, Office of Apprenticeship Training, in making this program a success.
“As skilled employees in many sectors are in high demand, Registered Apprenticeship Programs have grown outside of traditional industries to assist employers to recruit, train and retain new employees. Smoothstack focused on cultivating talent by enhancing the skills of employees new to the company utilizing Registered Apprenticeship as a workforce development tool. Smoothstack apprentices will receive a combination of paid on-the-job training and industry-specific classroom instruction for proficient employee career development in their organization,” said Todd G. Berch, State Apprenticeship Director, Office of Apprenticeship Training.
To learn more about how you can get involved, please join us for a special webinar, “Connecticut’s Future Workforce: IT Apprenticeships”
For more information, please contact Smoothstack at
DigitalMarketing@Smoothstack.com or Emily.Brash@smoothstack.com