BRAC working to grow tech talent through technology apprenticeship

BATON ROUGE, La. (LOCAL 33) (FOX 44) – The Baton Rouge Area Chamber is starting Louisiana’s first first registered technology apprenticeship with the help of NexusLA and The Louisiana Workforce Commission.

Apprenti Louisiana is the name of the news apprenticeship and the intention of the program is to prepare tech talent for job openings in the area.

“As charged in our regional strategic plan, we set out to identify and push forward opportunities to align regional workforce development systems to meet business needs,” said Adam Knapp, president and CEO of BRAC. “The launch of the Apprenti program in the Capital Region is in direct response to the needs of our growing tech sector, and we look forward to seeing the impact it has on transforming the talent pipeline.”

Those that are chosen will go through four months of training at the end of which candidates will be given a certificate in these fields:

  • Software development
  • IT support
  • Cybersecurity
  • System administration

After completing the four month in-class training, candidates will have the opportunity to partake in paid training with one of these companies:

  • TraceSecurity
  • General Informatics
  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana

“More and more we are seeing companies shy away from requiring a traditional university degree in the technology sector and move to training programs like apprenticeships,” said Ethan J. Melancon, policy and research project manager for BRAC. “Apprenticeships provide vital benefits to both candidates and employers. These certifications, combined with intensive on-the-job training, allow companies to directly train the candidate they want while providing the apprentice a stable income and a leg up on landing a permanent job.”

If you would like to learn more, visit Apprenti Louisiana.

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