Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber

July 16, 2019

Tech talent is on everyone's mind

Talent is on everyone’s mind – especially tech talent. The Cincinnati Chamber is acting on your needs by adding state registered apprenticeships through our Apprenti Cincinnati initiative. 

Apprenti Cincinnati is an affiliate partner of Apprenti, which is based in Seattle. Thanks to a generous grant by JPMorgan Chase and the support and hard work of Geoff Smith and the CIO Roundtable, we were able to launch our program in February. Hiring partners for the first cohort included Great American Insurance Group, Kroger Technology, Northern Kentucky University IT, Scripps and Kingsgate Logistics. 

It’s July, and we’ve reached an exciting milestone! The nine apprentices in our first cohort graduated from the technical training portion of their software developer apprenticeship and moved to on-the-job training, July 15. Their instruction was topped off with a capstone presentation and graduation at education provider MAX Technical Training. 

The apprentices walked attendees through a high-level overview of their curriculum and demonstrated a purchase order system they built. We are so proud of this apprentice group, which includes former non-profit managers, HR coordinators, culinary workers, electrical apprentices, educators, military medics and IT support professionals – all on their way to becoming Java software developers. 

Plans for our next cohorts are already underway. We will offer two Apprenti-specific cohorts of IT Business Analyst and .Net Software developer occupations starting in August. There are only two more weeks of candidate interviews left! Additionally, we are actively recruiting candidates and employers to participate in IT Support and Network Security Admin cohorts for September and October. Candidate interviews will wrap by the end of August for the latter two groups. 

In short, if you need tech talent, let us know ASAP!


Apprenti Cincinnati is a non-traditional pipeline for IT talent – candidates of all background are welcome, and the model yields an outsized flow of women (our first cohort is 55 percent female), minorities and veterans. Training is completely free to the apprentices, offering a viable pathway to a new career in technology. This focus aligns with the inclusion plan of the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber and is critical to the success of our work as we aim to expand and develop talent across the region. 

Want to learn more – as a hiring partner or a candidate? We’d love to connect! Candidates, please email ApprentiCincinnati@cincinnatichamber.com to learn about next steps.

If you are an interested employer, please email Christina Misali cmisali@cincinnatichamber.com for more information.

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