On the Market: Looking to get started in software? SmartLogic’s apprenticeship is back –


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In 2018, software development consultancy SmartLogic opened up a new pathway into the company for junior software devs with a 14-week apprenticeship program. Mixing training and client work alongside senior software developers on staff, it was designed to prepare apprentices for a full-time position as a full-stack developer.

Now, the 2021 SmartLogic  apprenticeship program is looking to bring on a new cohort.

Applications recently opened for the program, and are due by August 29. It’s set to begin September 14. Up to three apprentices will be chosen, with a focus on underrepresented communities in tech, and will be paid $10,000. Fully remote SmartLogic is aiming to offer each apprentice a role with the company. But whether they are hired directly or not, SmartLogic will assist with finding employment for apprentices. Each apprentice in the first cohort ended up with a job in Baltimore.

“While it’s true you don’t need a degree to get a programming job, the idea that anyone can complete a bootcamp or do some self-study and immediately be fully prepared to be a professional programmer is an incomplete vision,” said Rose Burt, director of marketing at SmartLogic. “We see this apprenticeship as a way to bring people into our team and the tech community more broadly who might otherwise have a harder time making that leap from training to their first real job in tech.”

It’s that potential as an onramp to technology careers that is leading to more apprenticeships in the field. At SmartLogic, apprentices are treated like other members of the team, completing app and mobile development projects. But they get access to additional support including a course of study, mentorship from team members and structured feedback sessions. In the first run, the team also found that the apprentices supported and learned from each other, so they’re sticking with a cohort model where several people go through the program at the same time.

“Our first cohort of apprentices created a regular apprentice-team checkin to talk about what they were each confused or excited by, a sort of safe space to ask questions, process, and reinforce what they were learning in their pairing time with other team members and in their individual work,” Burt said. “This was a great model that we didn’t anticipate but will definitely use in our next iteration of the program.”

Here’s a look at other local job openings that offer a chance to shape a new model:

On the Technical.ly Slack, we spotted that Station North coworking space designed to foster community between social impact organizations is looking for an empower program manager and business programs coordinator. The positions are focused on bolstering microbusinesses, and will play a key role in building an online presence for social and creative entrepreneurs, including BIPOC, immigrant and women-owned businesses as well as neighborhood-based businesses, per IHB.

Impact Hub Baltimore is also seeking an operations coordinator to help run the community’s systems and space.

BCAN is a MICA initative supporting and connecting creative entrepreneurs throughout Baltimore city. It has an opening for a one-year fellowship focused on “programmatic innovations” that will help the communty. The full-time role is well-suited for an “organizational wizard,” clear communicator and creative thinker, per the posting.

Donte Kirby is a 2020-2021 corps member for Report for America, an initiative of The Groundtruth Project that pairs young journalists with local newsrooms. This position is supported by the Robert W. Deutsch Foundation. -30-

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