The Camden Dream Centre, a non-profit serving underserved communities in South Jersey, US, with STEM education and IT workforce development assistance, has launched a United States Department Of Labour registered apprenticeship programme (RAP).
US employers can now join the Centre's RAP to build a new, more skilled and diverse talent pipeline for two initial occupations - Cyber Security Support Technician and Network Technician.
The Centre, which is located on the Virtual Business Campus, is a Cisco Networking Academy. Through the Academy, apprentices will receive classroom instruction in occupationally-related skills for employment with participating companies. As full-time employees, apprentices will also receive on-the-job training by fully qualified mentors, while also continuing their education through the Academy. Upon programme completion, apprentices will attain national industry credentials from both the USDOL and Cisco.
"American industry is changing rapidly, and the Camden Dream Centre is at the forefront of creating the skilled tech workforce employers need," said Keith Davis, Camden Dream Centre CEO and President. "We want employers to know we are their talent pipeline partner. We will provide them with apprentices who are equipped and motivated to become highly-valued, loyal, and long-term employees for critically-needed tech positions."
Michael Blatt, New Jersey State Director, USDOL Office of Apprenticeship said: "We're thrilled to see Camden Dream Centre approved as the state's newest RAP sponsor.
"Its leadership in providing an 'earn and learn' model of training for some of South Jersey's most underserved communities will drive much-needed systems change."
Camden Dream Centre partnered with Safal Partners and the Cyber Future Foundation (CFF) in developing its new RAP. Safal Partners is a USDOL national industry intermediary expanding apprenticeship in cybersecurity and related tech occupations. The Centre will be able to access additional industry training resources through its partnership with Safal as well as technical expertise and professional mentoring from CFF.
Employers interested in joining the centre's new RAP can learn more here.