SEATTLE, May 1, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — The Washington Technology Industry Association (WTIA) today announced an event to honor the first cohort of apprentices in the Apprenti™ program on Friday, May 5, 2017. Governor Jay Inslee will attend to declare the week of May 1-5 Registered Technology Apprenticeship Week.

Apprenti is the only technology industry apprenticeship program registered with the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries and also the US Department of Labor. The program focuses on recruiting under-represented groups including women, people of color, and veterans. Apprenti helps bridge the skills and diversity gap while also providing urgently needed talent to the state’s high-wage tech sector.

Today, WTIA honored the first cohort of 37 apprentices in the Apprenti program. Each apprentice receives up to five months of technical training and then a one-year paid apprenticeship with a mentor and additional training provided by WTIA member companies. The first cohort of apprentices will be working in technology jobs at Amazon, Microsoft, Avvo, Comtech, F5 and Silicon Mechanics. The jobs for this cohort include web developer, software developer, network security administrator, Windows system administrator, Linux system administrator, cloud support associate, and IT support professional.

Each apprentice will be honored by the Governor at the invite-only event with a pinning ceremony, celebrating this first wave of the hundreds of Washington apprentices that will start work over the next few years.

Governor’s Proclamation
Date: Friday, May 5, 2017
Time: 4:30-6:00pm
Location: World Trade Center West, 2200 Alaskan Way, 4th floor restaurant in Seattle
Parking: Free valet available at the Marriott Hotel next door to the World Trade Center

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About Apprenti
Apprenti is a registered apprenticeship program powered by the Washington Technology Industry Association (WTIA). Apprenti trains future tech workers with an emphasis on underrepresented groups including women, minorities, and veterans. Apprenti is an industry recognized, state and federally accredited program. Apprentices receive two to five months of full-time, industry recognized training before beginning one-year of paid on-the-job training with one of the program’s hiring partners. The program is partially funded through a U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) ApprenticeshipUSA contract and a grant from the American Apprenticeship Initiative (AAI), with support from the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries (L&I), and JP Morgan Chase. For more information on how to apply, donate or become a hiring partner, please visit

About the WTIA 
The Washington Technology Industry Association (WTIA) is a non-profit trade group. The primary mission of the WTIA is helping Washington residents gain access to high-wage tech-industry jobs. The WTIA acts as an independent, unifying voice to motivate industry, education and government peers to collaborate effectively and also uses group buying power to help tech companies grow profitably. The WTIA group includes the 501c6 WTIA Member Trade Association, the 501c3 WTIA Workforce Institute, and the 501c9 WTIA Voluntary Employees’ Beneficiaries Association. Apprenti is a program operated by the WTIA Workforce Institute.


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