Say the word “apprenticeship,” and most people think of manufacturing or trades: jobs that entail physical labor. The image is probably also of men. While it’s true that apprenticeships in the United States have historically been domi-nated by those industries and that population, several companies and organizations are now working with colleges to broaden the scope of the model and participation along with it.
In 2016, a Colorado-based company called Techtonic became the first software developer to offer an apprenticeship registered by the U.S. Department of Labor. Now, in addition to pro- viding software to its clients, Techtonic is also delivering talent, in the form of job candidates, says Heather Terenzio, the company’s founder and chief executive.