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Apprenticeships - Career Seekers

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!

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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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What Apprentices are Saying

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Caitlyn, SharePoint Developer, First Orion

"I’m actually the first in my family to graduate college. ... I worked at McDonald’s for several months after graduation. ... I saw First Orion’s apprenticeship post on Indeed, that they would hire me and teach me what I needed to know. I’ve now been at First Orion since the summer of 2018. I work with the mobile data team, which is comprised of a small number of people, and there are so many projects that we’re almost a shared resource. I feel like there's a lot of decision on what I can work on, which I love."

Abdoul, C/Unix Developer with DXC Technology

"I’m from West Africa originally. ACDS came to my school, at UCA, and told us about the data analytics apprenticeship program. I signed up, and they connected me with DXC. We graduated from the apprenticeship classes in April, and now I’m a C/Unix Developer for DXC. I have the career I wanted."

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?

Apprenticeship programs are distinguished from other types of workforce hiring and training by several factors: (1) Apprenticeships are jobs! Apprentices earn wages from their employers from the outset of the training and are employed full-time from day one; (2) Apprenticeship programs provide on-the-job learning and job-related classroom training; (3) On-the-job learning is conducted in the work setting under the direction of a mentor(s) while productivity and competency development are monitored. (4) The completion of the apprenticeship results in an industry-recognized and portable credential.

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?

After completing your application for an apprenticeship program, our Talent Acquisition team will review your information and reach out to schedule an initial screening phone call. Upon confirming your eligibility for the program, you will complete an assessment, practice interview and then we will begin working to find a match with an employer partner. Since our programs are dependent on employer's current open positions, it could be several months before we're able to begin scheduling you to interview with employers. We encourage candidates working to get into a career in IT to continue to apply directly with employers and we're just as excited as your are whether you start your IT career through one of our apprenticeship programs or via your own personal search. Our goal is to connect IT talent to Arkansas employers and we will celebrate with you!

What is the difference between an internship and an apprenticeship?

The Department of Labor does not have an official definition of internship or externship. However, generally speaking, differences between internships and apprenticeships include: 1. Length of Time: Internships are usually short term and temporary(1-3 months) and apprenticeships are longer term and permanent (1-3 years). 2. Structure: Apprenticeships include a structured training plan, with a focus on mastering specific skills an employer needs to fill an occupation within their organization, while, Internships aren’t structured and often focus on providing a student with meaningful work experience. 3. Mentorship: Apprentices receive individualized training with an experienced mentor who walks them through their entire process. Internships do not always include mentorship. 4. Pay: Apprenticeships are paid experiences that are part of a progression of full time employment. Internships are often unpaid and may not lead to a full-time job. 5. Credential: Apprenticeships lead to an industry-recognized credential. Internships typically do not lead to a credential. 6. College Credit: Internship and apprenticeship experiences may both lead to college credit, although some apprenticeship programs could lead to a debt-free college degree.

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?

Apprenticeship positions are available and start based on employer demand. For this reason, a schedule is not always available. However, apprenticeship applications are always accepted at

Did I apply for a job at ACDS?

No, but by applying with us you give us permission to share your resume with our company partners. Think of us as a matchmaker, based on criteria you share (position of interest, pay, location etc) and what an employer is looking for. Keep in mind a company decides who to interview and extend an offer to.

How long is apprentice training?

The length of training (not to be confused with the length of employment) can vary depending on the employer, complexity of the occupation, industry, and the type of program. The employer is required to provide a minimum of 144 hours of training and designated mentor during your first year.

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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