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IBM Z® Pre-Apprenticeship

What is an IBM Z® Pre-Apprenticeship Program?

Franklin offers several IBM Pre-Apprenticeship Programs designed as a bridge to a new technology career. These self-paced online learning programs are perfect for students, those new to the workforce, or those who are unemployed or underemployed.

A Pre-Apprenticeship is a great way to gain foundational IT skills and put yourself in position to apply for a full apprenticeship (or a full-time position) with an IBM client. If you’re ready to move on from your current job, or you’re returning to the workforce after raising a family, a pre-apprenticeship is a chance to “try before you buy” and see if a career path in IT is right for you. You’ll gain foundational knowledge of IT concepts and skills to help determine your aptitude and attitude for a full-time technology role.

Our pre-apprenticeship programs are a direct pipeline to full-time positions with IBM employer partners. Hiring companies include major banking institutions. Employers love the fact that successful pre-apprentices have already demonstrated their determination to succeed in IT and represent a much more diverse pool of talent than traditional employment sources.

Just as with a full apprenticeship, you will have a Personal Success Coach to guide you and monitor your progress, and a pre-apprenticeship will cost you nothing.

Take the first step on your path to an in-demand career: Apply to the IBM Z® pre-apprenticeship program today. New openings and locations are updated frequently.

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You don’t need to wait for new college grads to finish their degrees, and then complete training before they’re ready to get to work. You can hire an apprentice this fall who is capable and ready to work from their first day, and fully trained in just one year. Our team of apprenticeship experts will help you every step of the way. Get in touch today to find out more.

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  • Of pre-apprentices that complete the program are hired as an apprentice with one of Franklin's employers


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  • Average wage upon successful completion


To help employers create a diverse, sustainable workforce for IBM Z®, IBM and Franklin have teamed to deliver the new IBM Z® Apprenticeship Program for Apprentices available to IBM clients across the United States. The program provides:

  • A proven recruitment process capable of attracting a diverse and inclusive talent pool of New Collar candidates
  • As part of the recruiting process, a free online pre-apprenticeship program, designed to provide foundational mainframe knowledge and to vet candidates for aptitude, work ethic, and passion for the IBM Z®platform
  • 320 hours of virtual online technical training for each apprentice resulting in IBM digital credentials and access to IBM subject matter experts throughout the apprenticeship
  • Individual learning paths for each apprentice with defined competency standards
  • Dedicated Success Coaches responsible for working with apprentices, managing program administration, and ensuring high quality outcomes for all

This nationwide IT apprenticeship program is designed from the ground up to answer the personnel needs of some of IBM’s largest clients, especially in banking and financial services. It’s great opportunity to achieve in-demand IT skills and a rewarding career.

The pre-apprenticeship program is free to all interested applicants and features topics including Introduction to Computer Science, Introduction to z/OS and Systems Programming on IBM Z. Candidates who successfully complete this 100+ hour self-directed pre-apprenticeship will be interviewed by IBM’s end-user clients for hire as a paid apprentice into the IBM Z® Apprenticeship Program for US Employers.

IBM Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) will provide additional support and guidance on the technical content, and you’ll be supported and mentored by a Franklin Personal Success Coach throughout your journey.

Franklin is opening a world of opportunities for many candidates across the country, and we’re proud to team with this program with one of the world’s leading technology organizations. If you’re an IBM client, click here to learn more about the program.

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