The Opportunity to Expand Tech Apprenticeships in New York City

Event - December 2019

The Opportunity to Expand Tech Apprenticeships in New York City

On December 10th, the Center for an Urban Future held a policy forum that explored the opportunity to expand tech apprenticeships in New York City.

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“The Opportunity to Expand Tech Apprenticeships in New York City”
A Center for an Urban Future Policy Symposium

December 10, 2019
8:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.

@ Rise New York
43 West 23rd Street

Apprenticeships are gaining attention nationwide as a model for building diverse talent pipelines that provide paid, high-quality training while meeting real employer needs. But while industries like the building trades and manufacturing have seen apprenticeship as a key tool for developing the future workforce, the model has so far been largely absent from New York City's fast-growing tech sector.
This forum examined the power of apprenticeship programs and related models to boost economic mobility for participants while helping tech companies develop a more stable and diverse talent pipeline. The panel will explore the state of apprenticeship in the tech sector today, examine challenges and barriers to starting and growing tech apprenticeships, highlight promising local and national models, and advance ideas and recommendations for companies, nonprofits, and policymakers.

The symposium included a panel discussion, "What New York Can Learn From Other Cities & States," featuring:

  • Jennifer Carlson, Executive Director, Apprenti
  • Noel Ginsburg, Founder & CEO, CareerWise Colorado

And a panel dicussion, "How to Expand Tech Apprenticeships in NYC," featuring: 

  • Lauren Andersen, Executive Director, NYC Tech Talent Pipeline
  • Plinio Ayala, President & CEO, Per Scholas
  • Deborah Goldfarb, Global Head of Citizenship, Barclays Bank PLC
  • Joey Ortiz, Executive Director, New York City Employment & Training Coalition
  • Hannah Wolf, Talent Acquisition Partner, Spotify

This symposium is made possible through generous support from Barclays. We are also grateful for general support from The Clark Foundation and the Bernard F. and Alva B. Gimbel Foundation, and ongoing support from a number of other philanthropic funders.

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