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Franklin Apprenticeships Recognized as DOL Apprenticeship Ambassador

Franklin Apprenticeships Recognized as DOL Apprenticeship Ambassador

The United States Department of Labor (DOL) has awarded Franklin Apprenticeships the status of an official Apprenticeship Ambassador, thanks to the company’s track record and continued commitment to advocate for the expansion of apprenticeship opportunities nationwide. 

Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh announced the Apprenticeship Ambassador Initiative during Apprenticeship Week 2021, which was designed to create a collective of organizations and workforce leaders involved in industry, labor, education and equity. These individuals and organizations will partner with the DOL’s Office of Apprenticeship for the promotion of Registered Apprenticeships in high-demand industries, such as technology. 

Even though apprenticeship programs are helping employers nationwide to find and retain diverse, committed, passionate talent, the awareness and understanding of what apprenticeship are and how they work is still very low in the United States,” says Kimberly Nichols, Founder and CEO of Franklin Apprenticeships. “We are thrilled to be part of this DOL initiative and applaud the continued leadership from the Office of Apprenticeships to help spread the word about the value of apprenticeships for individuals, businesses and the economy as a whole. 

Apprenticeship Ambassadors have committed to hosting 3,367 outreach and recruitment activities and developing 460 new Registered Apprenticeship programs in their first year of this initiative.  

“The inaugural group of Apprenticeship Ambassadors consists of diverse partners from multiple industries who have demonstrated a willingness to use their Registered Apprenticeship experience and expertise to promote and expand these programs across all industries,” explains the DOL press release.  

Franklin’s Pre-Apprenticeship and Apprenticeship Programs currently include Cybersecurity, Helpdesk, IBM Z ®, Network Engineering, and Software Engineering.  There is an accelerating demand from employers for Franklin’s job ready, pre-apprentice graduates as many companies are increasingly turning to apprenticeships as a tool for building their own pipeline of tech talent given the high demand for people with these skills. 

Read more from the DOL about the Apprenticeship Ambassador Initiative here: https://www.dol.gov/newsroom/releases/eta/eta20220712 

 

 

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Franklin Apprenticeships joins Forbes Business Council

Franklin Apprenticeships joins Forbes Business Council

Forbes Business Council Is an Invitation-Only Community for Successful Business Owners and Leaders. 

Kimberly Nichols, CEO and Founder of Franklin Apprenticeships, has been accepted into the Forbes Business Council, the foremost growth and networking organization for successful business owners and leaders worldwide. 

Nichols was vetted and selected by a review committee based on the depth and diversity of her experience. Criteria for acceptance include a track record of successfully impacting business growth metrics, as well as personal and professional achievements and honors. 

“We are honored to welcome Kim and Franklin Apprenticeships into the community,” said Scott Gerber, founder of Forbes Councils, the collective that includes Forbes Business Council. “Our mission with Forbes Councils is to bring together proven leaders from every industry, creating a curated, social capital-driven network that helps every member grow professionally and make an even greater impact on the business world.” 

As an accepted member of the Council, Nichols will connect and collaborate with other respected local leaders in a private forum and at members-only events. Nichols will also be invited to work with a professional editorial team to share her expert insights in original business articles on Forbes.com, and to contribute to published Q&A panels alongside other experts. 

“After two decades of working with large companies in accounting and finance as a CPA, I made the jump into entrepreneurship because I simply couldn’t shake the conviction that America needed professional apprenticeships in a big way,” explains Nichols. “Five years into our journey, Franklin is a thriving women-owned business that’s helping companies grow and individuals to begin life-changing careers. And we’re only just getting started. That’s why I’m honored to join Forbes Business Council to share what we’ve learned but also connect and learn from the other members.”

ABOUT FRANKLIN APPRENTICESHIPS 

Franklin Apprenticeships helps employers fill mission-critical tech roles with undiscovered, diverse talent. By removing the barriers of a college degree and prior experience, Franklin connects outstanding candidates with top employers. Franklin unlocks potential within people and organizations. Franklin’s employers report their apprentices are 80% productive in six months, and 100% competent by the end of their apprenticeships.  To learn more, visit www.franklinapprenticeships.com.  

ABOUT FORBES COUNCILS 

Forbes Councils is a collective of invitation-only communities created in partnership with Forbes and the expert community builders who founded Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC). In Forbes Councils, exceptional business owners and leaders come together with the people and resources that can help them thrive. To learn more about Forbes Councils, visit forbescouncils.com. 

Sharing Insight from the U.S. and U.K.

Exploring Age Diversity In Apprenticeships

Exploring Age Diversity In Apprenticeships

Apprenticeships provide an excellent opportunity for individuals of all ages to explore new careers through an alternative path. Individuals who seek a new career path may lack the time and resources to pursue a college degree as a full-time or even part-time student due to familial and financial responsibilities. Apprenticeship programs that offer an “earn while you learn” approach helps apprentices avoid taking on debt but still gain the necessary skills to pursue their dream career.

Franklin Apprenticeships and the City & Guilds Group recently hosted a roundtable with both apprentices and employers from the U. S. and U.K. who are committed to breaking generational barriers.

Apprentices offered excellent insight from their experiences with generational differences in their apprenticeship programs, while employers explained the benefits of an age-diverse apprenticeship program.

Sharing Insight from the U.S. and U.K.

Building Gender Diversity through Apprenticeships

Building Gender Diversity through Apprenticeships

Apprenticeships are an excellent opportunity to build gender diversity in a company’s early career pipeline. By providing a route to professional careers that does not rely on a degree, earn-and-learn apprenticeship programs are more accessible to people from all walks of life – and can be a powerful way for a company to improve gender diversity.

Franklin Apprenticeships and the City & Guilds Group recently hosted a round table with top apprenticeship employers in the U.S. and U.K. exploring how they have built gender diversity through their apprenticeship programs.

The participants included representatives from Siemens, T-Mobile, NatWest and The Urban Institute. They offered excellent insight into how to not only recruit apprentices to improve gender diversity within a team, but how to make sure they grow and develop their careers within your company.

Check out our highlight reel from the event and our infographic of five ideas we learned to attract and retain gender diverse apprentices. For a full event run-down, read more on City & Guilds’ website.

The Buffalo News: M&T Bank on the hunt for diverse hires for mainframe jobs

The Buffalo News: M&T Bank on the hunt for diverse hires for mainframe jobs

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M&T Bank mainframe jobs

M&T Bank is on the hunt for diverse hires for IBM Z Mainframe jobs. Learn how Franklin Apprenticeships along with IBM and Urban Institute is helping them find and hire mainframe apprentices for their Z Development program.