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In a world that revolves around technology - there is a place for you!

Individuals with technology focused training and experience find their skills in demand throughout the state of Arkansas. Many of these jobs, including training programs, can be done from the comfort of your own home. The industry of technology is a strong and growing industry that relies on a diverse workforce to ultimately make it successful -- and you can be a part of that success!

The goal of the ReSKILL Arkansas program is to help unemployed or underemployed individuals find stable, good-paying careers at no cost to you through IT training programs and Apprenticeships.

Get started today on your path to a tech career in Arkansas!

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"Like most kids I liked to play computer games. But I also liked to take computers apart, to diagnose them. I was very into the hardware side of things. I loved building and configuring computers. ... started looking at websites and I found the ACDS posting about apprenticeships. This is it, I thought, because it talked about how you don’t necessarily have to have any prior experience."

-- Dan, Cybersecurity Apprentice with GlaxoSmithKline

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"I’m doing a SharePoint apprenticeship. SharePoint is a Microsoft program that helps companies build their own websites. ... I started in the first week of April, and the entire apprenticeship is one year. The first six months we’ll be earning our certifications with Microsoft, and then we’ll be put out into the field. It’s going really well."

-- Christina, SharePoint Developer with Affirma

"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."

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-- Caitlyn Hallett, Android Developer with First Orion

"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, a really big company. ... We graduated from the apprenticeship classes in April, and now I’m a C/Unix Developer for DXC. I have the career I wanted."

-- Abdoul Kabore, C/Unix Developer with DXC Technology

Step 1: Complete Application

Step 2: Complete Assessment

STEP 3:

Once you've completed your assessment, your score will be reviewed by a Talent Specialist and you will contacted within 2-weeks to discuss next steps to your tech career in Arkansas!

IT Generalist

Average Salary: $54,000

Job Responsibilities:

Provide help and advice to computer users and organizations, setup computer hardware, network and cloud support.

Web Developer

Average Salary: $74,000

Job Responsibilities:

Responsible for the coding, innovative design and layout of websites from the home page to site layout and functionality

Software Developer

Average Salary: $87,000

Job Responsibilities:

Write and test code that allows computer applications and software programs to function properly, test programs, and resolve problems

CyberSecurity Specialist

Average Salary: $99,000

Job Responsibilities:

Plan and carry out security measures to protect an organization's computer networks and systems, monitor threats and watch for any breaches in security

Career Opportunities in Tech:

*Data Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

Partners & Employers

What Employers say about Apprenticeships ...

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APPRENTICE: Christina, SharePoint Developer with Affirma

"The apprenticeship program has allowed us to find awesome, motivated people like Christina who are the right culture fit that we can train and mentor. We are also excited to be able to give folks opportunities that might not otherwise get them.  We see apprenticeship as a key part of our growth strategy and are very excited about it."   

-- Mark Mason, Co-Founder and Principal, Affirma

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APPRENTICE: Dan, Cybersecurity Specialist with GlaxoSmithKline

"The Apprenticeship program offers GSK (and any employer) a unique opportunity to not only find talent in a challenging hiring market, but to also show an investment in all of our team members regardless of their being new to the company or a current employee who is building on their skillsets and career opportunities."

-- Adam Holland, Director - Security, GlaxoSmithKline

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APPRENTICE: Caitlyn Hallett, Android Developer with First Orion

"All of us have issues getting enough talent and skilled workers, and apprenticeship programs can help with both recruiting the talent and creating the skills and doing it in record time.  ... A well designed apprenticeship program is job specific and covers all of the company's processes, procedures and skill sets, so that a person can sit down at a desk after they graduate and be instantly productive."

-- Charles D. Morgan, CEO, First Orion

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What if I don't do well on the assessment?

If your assessment reflects an aptitude for IT you will be contacted for a pre-apprenticeship course that can be completed 100% online and is provided at no cost to you. If your assessment does not indicate an aptitude for IT work, you will be provided additional resources

Q: Is there a cost for the assessment or training?
Will this impact my weekly UI benefits claim?

No, the state of Arkansas is committed to reskilling Arkansans and therefore the assessment and pre-apprenticeship course are provided at no cost to the individual. This program has been approved by the Division of Workforce Services as an approved training program and anyone enrolling in this course will still be able to claim their weekly benefit.

Q: If my assessment indicates I am a good candidate for this program, how long will it be before I start?

Upon completion of the assessment and with a score above the threshold, the Arkansas Center for Data Sciences (ACDS) will be in touch with you within 10 business days for follow-up and next steps on how to enroll in the pre-apprenticeship and/or Registered Apprenticeship Programs.  Please remember that we may experience a high volume of qualified applicants during the initial period of this program and it may take longer than expected to connect you with our team of Talent Specialists. 

Q: How long is the assessment and how do I prepare to take it?

The assessment takes 45 minutes to an hour and needs to be completed in the same time in which you began the assessment. You cannot exit and restart at a later time, so please plan to only click 'start' when you're in a quiet place and can answer the questions in one sitting. Advanced preparation is not necessary for this assessment as the assessment itself is evaluating aptitude and potential for the IT field rather than specific skill sets.

Q: How do I get my results and how long will it take?

The results will be provided to you within two weeks and you will receive notice of next steps within three weeks. Please note that due to the increased volume of participants in our ReSKILL Arkansas program, we are working hard to get all questions answered and all participants contacted so you can be even closer to your career in IT. 

Q: How do I find my Local Workforce Board's contact information?

Please start by visiting https://www.dws.arkansas.gov/contact.

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