Ready for a Career in IT?
Interested in building a career in the dynamic, fast-paced and ever-growing field of technology? An apprenticeship with one of many Arkansas employers is the perfect place to start. We'll help you begin!
What is an Apprenticeship?
A Registered Apprenticeship is an employer-driven model that combines on-the-job learning with related classroom instruction while having a full-time position. This is a paid apprenticeship program tied to a full-time position. Candidates must be able to work Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Why Should I Consider an Apprenticeship?
You're hired for a job and start earning competitive wages from day one!
You will get on-the-job training in your new role & gain knowledge from experienced peers, mentors & managers.
You will realize income increases and career progression as your skills grow.
Apprenticeships are the “other college, without the debt” option for building a career.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Is a registered apprenticeship a job?
Yes! You are a full-time employee when you join an apprenticeship. A Registered Apprenticeship Program (RAP) is the first step in your long-term tech career with your new company. RAPs are an industry-driven, high-quality career pathways where an individual obtains paid full-time experience, classroom instruction, mentorship, and a portable, nationally-recognized credentials.
How long are apprenticeship programs?
The length of an apprenticeship program can vary depending on the employer, complexity of the occupation, industry, and the type of program, but must be a minimum of one year. Since you are employed by your new company during your apprenticeship program, after the first year, you will continue on in your tech role with your company.
Are there apprenticeships in high-growth industry sectors?
Yes! Apprenticeship spans more than 1,000 occupations including careers in health care, cyber-security, information technology, and energy.
How is a registered apprenticeship different from programs?
Who are typical registered apprenticeship employers and partners?
Through a proven system of public-private partnerships, registered apprenticeship partners span a wide range of organizations including, (but not limited to): Businesses, employer and industry associations, Labor-Management organizations, State and local workforce development agencies, Workforce Investment Boards, Institutes of Technology (BCIT), Two- and four-year colleges that offer associate and bachelor's degrees in conjunction with a Certificate of Completion of Apprenticeship, U.S. Military, Community Based Organizations and economic development organizations. To learn more about becoming an ACDS partner, please visit our partners page or if you are interested in learning how to register your company as part of an upcoming apprenticeship program, please visit our employers page.
How do I qualify for a registered apprenticeship program?
Registered apprenticeship program sponsors identify the minimum qualifications to apply for a program. The eligible starting age can be no less than 16 years of age; however, individuals must usually be 18 to be an apprentice in most IT occupations. Program sponsors also identify additional minimum qualifications to apply, (e.g., education, ability to physically perform the essential functions of the occupation, proof of age.) All applicants are required to meet the minimum qualifications.
How long does it take to get hired into an apprenticeship program?
What is the difference between an internship and an apprenticeship?
How does a Registered Apprenticeship program benefit the sponsor (employer, Labor Management Organization, or Industry Association)?
First and foremost, Apprenticeship sponsors develop highly skilled employees. Once established, Apprenticeship programs also reduce turnover rates, increase productivity, lower the cost of recruitment, and increase the ability for a company, a community and the state of Arkansas to attract more talent.
What apprenticeship positions are available, and when do they start?
Did I apply for a job at ACDS?
How long is apprentice training?
When will I hear something?
After your video mock-interview. It could take 1- 6 months - and that’s normal! It all depends on company demand. Please know we are working our hardest to get you paired with the right company fit and will reach back out once a potential match is available.
What is your success rate of finding me a job?
The Apprenticeship model for hiring IT positions is still a new concept in the state of Arkansas. We recognize IT is a competitive field, so we encourage you to still continue your job search as we work to match you with our company partners. Our hope is to add value and that our resume & interview tips help along the way.
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