The Action Team of IE employers representing both the public and private sector, led by ConvergeOne and Luminex, decided to prioritize apprenticeships as the critical piece of training infrastructure in this sector strategy. Taking a regional approach to apprenticeship development, rather than creating an apprenticeship program for an individual employer or educational institution, is important to achieve the scale necessary to fill local workforce needs and build the human capital infrastructure needed to support other industries in the future.

Participating industry partners include not just Cybersecurity and IT companies, but also non-IT employers and large public agencies that have cyber/IT needs like the Inland Empire Health Plan, Loma Linda University, and Bank of America. This group is now working closely with Charles Henkels from Riverside Community College District (LAUNCH) and Jennifer McDaniel from Moreno Valley College as well as other K-12 and postsecondary partners to develop a proposal for a cybersecurity apprenticeship that could start in Fall 2020. Current students in IT-related pathways at the K-12 and postsecondary levels will be included in proposal design, and the group is actively looking for interested employers that would like to be involved in the design and implementation of this strategy.

The working group met again (virtually) on March 17th to continue building out the proposal for a cybersecurity apprenticeship, addressing key details such as program length, job description, and partner expectations. This proposal will be presented to the IEGO Coordinating Council on April 24th for feedback, with the goal that companies will be able to hire their first pilot cohort of apprentices in Fall 2020.

Please contact Alison Schmitt (aschmitt@jff.org) for more information or to engage in this effort