The Vets and the Rest â€“ Back to Work Through Innovation (BWTI) â„˘ Initiative is a grass-roots effort sponsored by JASZ Technology, to get Americans back to work.
Technology jobs traditionally arenâ€™t gained through an apprenticeship, so none of the rules instructions, and information on establishing a recognized or â€śofficialâ€ť apprenticeship program addresses the 21st Century apprenticeship. Â See how we resolve our first challenge. I should explain what an â€śofficialâ€ť apprenticeship program is. Itâ€™s an apprenticeship program thatâ€™s registered and approved by your stateâ€™s Department of Labor.Â Generally, you can setup an apprenticeship program at your company without registering it with the state, but there are some benefits to having an official or registered and approved apprenticeship program. Weâ€™ll invite an Apprenticeship Consultant from the North Carolina Department of Laborâ€™s Apprenticeship and Training Bureau to tell you the specific benefits in the near future.
We wanted to ensure that we were setting up a world-class apprenticeship program because we plan to add an â€śApprenticeshipâ€ť module to the open source software that weâ€™ll release as part of the BWTI initiative, so that other states and businesses around the nation wonâ€™t have to re-create the wheel when they join the Back to Work movement. Weâ€™ll do the heavy lifting by way of creating the wheel, by setting up an apprenticeship program at our company, and then weâ€™ll program what we did into the software so that itâ€™ll walk your business through the apprenticeship setup process faster and easier than we were able to do from scratch. I believe the only thing that you should create from scratch is a good meal. For everything else, just re-configure the same old wheel to suit your needs.
Thereâ€™s no lack of apprenticeship resources available from the Department of Labor and other online resources, but I have to tell you â€“ taking it all in was kind of like trying to get a sip of water from a fire hose. It was too much, too, fast, and overwhelming. My team and I downloaded a ton of information then peered over our laptop screens at each other, as we sat around the conference room table, with a â€śwhat have we gotten ourselves into?â€ť look on our faces. Then I picked up the telephone and â€¦ well youâ€™ll have to come back tomorrow to find out.