California State Government and IBM Launch the State’s First of its Kind Collaboration to Create Technology Apprenticeships

Today, the California Department of Industrial Relations, the California Division of Apprenticeship Standards (DAS), the Department of Technology (CDT), SEIU Local 1000 (Local 1000), and various state agencies along with IBM (NYSE: IBM) announced the state’s first-ever public-private partnership focused on creating a technology apprenticeship program. This program will adopt IBM’s proven apprenticeship model to address a statewide skills shortage in three critical fields: Mainframe System Administration (MSA), Software Engineering (SWE), and Application Development (AD).

Sponsors of the zSystems Apprenticeship Pilot Program are the California Government Operations Agency, Employment Development Department, California Labor and Workforce Development Agency, California Department of Technology, Franchise Tax Board, California Department of Industrial Relations, Department of Motor Vehicles, and SEIU Local 1000.

Working alongside IBM, the CDT will adopt IBM’s gold standard apprenticeship framework, which is registered with the U.S. Department of Labor, to upskill its current incumbent workforce and build a new corps of professionals with mainframe skills that are sought-after in state agencies as well as the private sector.

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