Scottsdale, AZ – Woz Enterprise – a division of Woz U — is partnering with Cyber Proud, a California-based nonprofit, to expand its pre-apprenticeship program. This newly formed alliance will offer tech training opportunities in cybersecurity and infrastructure support to Sacramento residents looking to enter the technology workforce. Technology careers remain in high demand, both in California and nationwide, and Cyber Proud is working to align career demand with dedicated training tracks and a skills-based curriculum for job seekers.
“In today’s uncertain labor market, the technology sector still provides a stable stream of jobs for people with the right skill set,” said Chris Coleman, President of Woz Enterprise. “By working with partners like Cyber Proud, we can give individuals the opportunity to receive training while providing a pipeline of day-one-ready employees to companies who need skilled workers.”
Information security analysts and computer system administrators rank among the top 10 technology jobs in the United States, with employment opportunities projected to grow in the next six years, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Cyber Proud is seeking to meet employer demand with talent supply in the Sacramento area by focusing on technology career paths where the educational attainment required by employers is greater than the attainment of job seekers. While most employers seek candidates who hold a bachelor’s degree, many individuals can gain employment in entry level careers with specialized training, industry certifications or the completion of a registered apprenticeship program. Through competency-based apprenticeship programs, candidates follow dedicated training tracks and complete skills-based curricula that align with employers’ specific job requirements. Programs such as these help close the technology skills gap, benefitting both employers and job seekers.
“Through the pre-apprenticeship training with Woz Enterprise, we will partner with employers, determine what specific skill sets they require, and then align the training based on those needs,” said Coleen Morehead, Founder and CEO of Cyber Proud.” The program also arms job-seekers with the intangible skills needed to have a successful career, in any sector.”
Candidates selected for the program will receive 320 hours of pre-apprenticeship training in cybersecurity or infrastructure support, career counseling, and the opportunity to earn college credit while working in their field of study. In combination with the technical aspects of the program, apprentices will work with an industry mentor who will provide support, networking opportunities, and training in work ethic, character development, and communication skills. The non-profit All Leaders Must Serve will train and provide industry mentors to participants in the program. The apprenticeship program was made possible through a CARES Act grant provided by the City of Sacramento.
Cyber Proud is currently seeking applicants for the pre-apprenticeship training, as well as corporate partners to hire individuals who complete the training program. More information can be found on the website: www.cyberproud.org