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IBM Z Apprenticeship Graduates Make Waves at Kyndryl

IBM Z Apprenticeship Graduates Make Waves at Kyndryl

Building on its long history of developing talent, Kyndryl, the world’s largest IT infrastructure services provider, has embraced the IBM Z Apprenticeship program to continue to build its world-class talent pool. 

This month, Kyndryl collaborated with IBM and Franklin Apprenticeships to celebrate the energy, passion, and achievement of the company’s first group of IBM Z Apprenticeship graduates. 

“The IBM Z Apprenticeship has actually exceeded our expectations,” said Ben Diaz de Leon, Vice President, Delivery Leadership at Kyndryl. “All of our clients want to talk about talent, and we are dedicated to bringing in the next generation of Mainframers. When I explain the IBM Z Apprenticeship program, our clients want to know more. I have yet to encounter an executive that says, ‘That’s a bad idea.’” 

Addressing the graduates, Shelly Meierarend, IBM Z Global Skills Leader at IBM said, “Today, we celebrate a success that was many months in the making – an achievement where you earned your apprenticeship status through dedication and hard work. It involved substantial technical education, hands-on experience, and on-the-job learning. As graduates, you now have the opportunity of a lifetime to work in an industry where a critical business application truly makes a difference in our daily lives.” 

Before completing his IBM Z Apprenticeship, Norton H. from Riverdale, GA, earned a degree in software technology and worked for several years as a developer, mainly focused on Java. He wanted to learn some new languages and discovered the IBM Z Apprenticeship program as a great way to expand his knowledge and try something new. When he was invited to an interview at Kyndryl, his now manager Keith Porting, Associate Director and Delivery Manager, asked Norton for a good time to schedule the meeting. Norton responded immediately with one word. “Now.”

 “IBM is the world’s oldest and largest technology company,” explained Norton. “It has been responsible for many innovations and has the largest industrial research facility in the world. Kyndryl is considered IBM’s greatest spinoff and it is welcomed by many investors in the technology community. It was no mistake that I jumped at this opportunity. I am incredibly grateful to Keith for his support, and to IBM and Franklin for this program.” 

“Some of Norton’s greatest traits are being adaptable and flexible,” explained Marlon Carcamo, Norton’s Professional Success Coach from Franklin Apprenticeships. “Each weekly session with him was a learning experience – technical or professional. Norton, I admire your eagerness, your commitment to the program, and your commitment to IBM and Kyndryl. Your traits are hard to find which is why you stand out so much.”

Another graduate, Jospeh O. from Cedar Park, TX, came to the IBM Z Apprenticeship after working at a cable company as a call center representative. He was always interested in the technical aspect of his job and that interest prompted him to make a change and build his technical skills as an apprentice. Joseph’s strong people skills and his willingness to raise his hand to take on new projects set him up well for success in his apprenticeship at Kyndryl.  

“My apprenticeship was like drinking out of a fire hose,” Joseph said. “So, I stayed well hydrated!”

In fact, on top of working through the challenging IBM Z curriculum and completing his core job responsibilities, Joseph volunteered to work on a major change project. He became so integral to the project team that he even covered for the project manager when he was out of the office for a week. 

Keith explained, “If Joseph puts his mind to something, he plows through it. This was an incredibly complex project and Joesph has been identified as one of the key people who were essential to its success. Everyone who has worked with him speaks very highly of him.” 

Marlon commented that Joseph’s positive and proactive approach will take him far in his career, explaining, “Joseph is incredibly smart and well-spoken, and he always makes the best of any situation.” 

Richard Blonde-Schmidt, Director of Delivery Management at Kyndryl, summed up the graduation celebration with an apt analogy. “You are like aircraft sitting on the runway getting ready to take off. And as you can tell from the headphones, Keith is your air traffic controller. I’ve been flying the mainframe mission now for 43 years, and I just wish you the best as you take off on your career and soar.” 

Click Here to learn more about the IBM Z Apprenticeship program.

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When a Risk on Hidden Talent Pays Off — PenFed Credit Union

When a Risk on Hidden Talent Pays Off — PenFed Credit Union

PenFed Credit Union’s IBM Z Apprenticeship Graduation Ceremony 

The atmosphere was electric as PenFed Credit Union hosted its inaugural IBM Z Apprenticeship Graduation Ceremony. The event celebrated the journey and remarkable achievements of PenFed’s first apprentice graduates, who not only successfully completed their rigorous, on-the-job training programs – but also contributed to essential business processes for the bank which supports 2.8 million members worldwide. Here are the highlights.  

As the ceremony commenced, Gary Maditz, AVP IT Core Infrastructure Systems at PenFed, congratulated the graduates and emphasized the significance of their achievements. “Congratulations – it’s been quite a journey!” he said. “Keep that learning going, and hopefully you’ll stay in the Mainframe world for many, many years to come.” These words set the stage for an inspiring event that showcased the progress of PenFed’s first IBM Z Apprentice graduates. 

Tyson’s Corner – PenFed’s Corporate Headquarters

“What still blows me away is that 80% of financial services transactions are run on the Mainframe,” said Joe Thomas, Chief Information Officer, PenFed Credit Union. “Banks, insurance companies, mortgage services all rely on this platform. It isn’t going anywhere and so thank you to IBM and Franklin for this fantastic program and congratulations to our new graduates and associates!” 

Meredith Stowell, Vice President of Ecosystem for IBM zSystems, took the stage and highlighted the importance of taking risks. Quoting Denzel Washington, she said, “Without PenFed embracing a new, non-traditional skills path and hiring talent without four-year degree requirements, we wouldn’t be here,” she added. “And thank you to the apprentices who took the risk to work on a platform you’d never heard of! Every year we innovate, so there is so much potential for your career on IBM zSystems. If you want to work in analytics, or the latest and greatest language, or AI, or system networking… you can do it on this platform. There’s so much potential and I can’t wait to see where your careers take you!”  

Cable Rose, the Professional Success Coach from Franklin Apprenticeships, delivered heartfelt comments about the exceptional graduates. He highlighted their remarkable achievements, growth, and dedication. “John, you’ve been a vital addition to the PenFed team, bringing humor and dedication to every task,” Cable remarked. “And Anila, your analytical abilities have impressed us all. You continually strive for excellence and ask insightful questions, driving us forward. Mary, from day one, you embraced the challenge with professionalism and attention to detail. Your journey has been remarkable.” 

John W., a former administrative assistant, expressed his belief in the apprenticeship model, saying, “It’s been a great experience. I really believe in the model of apprenticeships in the tech space. I appreciate the opportunity at PenFed, where we make constant, consistent progress on tough problems. We always find a way to win. It’s very satisfying, and that’s why I’ll be here for a long time.” 

Gary, John’s manager, explained that “John took on asset management of the Mainframe, which is a daunting task! He also took responsibility for running mainframe CICS reporting. He took the time was taken to make sure data was right and so I knew I could trust the reports.” 

Anila P. remarked, “Thank you IBM for creating this wonderful program for us. Thanks to Franklin and my amazing coach! I always looked forward to our meetings. And thank you to my manager, Ralph. It’s a big deal getting into a job after a career break, and it’s my first job in the U.S. Lastly, thanks to my managers and my teammates for always being there for me too.” 

Anila’s manager, Belinda Lee, IT Senior Manager, said, “I can’t say enough good things about Anila. She never says, ‘I can’t do it’ or ‘I won’t try.’ Cable is right – she asks wonderful questions, and her professionalism is outstanding. Anila came in and worked on a critical project for us, End of Year. Every penny must be accurate. Every single task must be correct. And Anila did an outstanding job for us and delivered. She is adaptable, she displays professionalism – she has the potential to make a huge contribution at PenFed.” 

Graduate Mary G. also shared she was grateful for the opportunity and discussed what taking this risk meant to her, “When we talk about taking risks, it reminds me of when I discovered Franklin and started taking the IBM Z Pre-apprenticeship program. I knew it might work, but it might not. I finished that program and then two or three months later, Franklin got in touch and said, ‘PenFed is hiring! Are you interested?’ And that’s how I got here today. Franklin and IBM, I really appreciate what you’re doing. You’re truly changing lives.” 

“We gave Mary ownership of one of our critical business processes,” said Ralph Young, Director IT, Application Management at PenFed. “We said, ‘Mary, you own it.’ And she did! We gave her more and more and more over the last year and a half. She never flinched, never faltered and handled everything we threw at her.” 

Ralph reflected, “I want to say how proud I am of you all. From where you started to where you are today. It’s amazing.” 

Cable wrapped up the event to applause from both in-person and virtual attendees, saying, “Today we all saw firsthand just how well a tech apprenticeship program can work. What we do with IBM and Franklin is not a flash in the pan. We deliver significant ROI and significant talent who will continue to contribute to PenFed many years to come.” 

Click Here to learn more about the IBM Z Apprenticeship program.

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“Know nothing. Learn everything.” How American National Unlocked the Power of Apprenticeships

“Know nothing. Learn everything.” How American National Unlocked the Power of Apprenticeships

Four words of advice helped superstars at through their IBM Z Apprenticeship Program

American National logo

“Know nothing. Learn everything.” This phrase rang true as American National celebrated the graduation of its first cohort of IBM Z Apprentices this month, in collaboration with IBM and Franklin Apprenticeships in League City, Texas. During the ceremony, senior leaders, managers, and mentors celebrated the stories of IBM Z Apprentices who built specialized technical and professional skills on the job. 

Tim Fry, Professional Success Coach from Franklin Apprenticeships, highlighted how Michael Smith, Director of Large Systems at American National, coined a phrase early on that set up the program for success, “We expect that our apprentices know nothing and learn everything.” 

“That has stuck with me ever since,” Tim explained. “I’ve used that on calls with managers and mentors at other companies too, because it’s such a true insight into what this apprenticeship journey is all about. The American National apprentices challenged themselves. They asked, ‘What can we do? What can we learn?’ They did a lot of self-discoveries. They did a lot of research. They helped each other out. And they excelled.”  

Speaking to the graduates, keynote speaker, Shelly Meierarend, IBM zSystems Skills Ecosystem Leader, emphasized the importance of what the apprentice graduates have achieved. “You are now part of a tradition of very skilled workers who honed your craft through this wonderful apprenticeship program,” she said.  

IBM Z Apprentice Graduate Jeremy W. was previously working as a manager at a tire shop before starting his apprenticeship journey in March 2022. After his wife had their first baby, he was ready for a change from working 60-70 hours per week and looking for a long-term, stable career. He admitted he didn’t even own a computer when he first heard about the program. But he took a leap and started the IBM Z Pre-Apprenticeship, working late into the night through the coursework. 

Tech Apprentice Graduates at American National cut cake
Jeremy W. (left) and Sean K. (right) cut cake at their graduation ceremony.

“It was very discouraging in the beginning because I didn’t know any of this stuff,” Jeremy recalled. “But I kept going. I kept going and I really found an interest in it. When I started seeing the badges come in, I felt proud of that. So, I continued.” 

In May 2022, Jeremy was hired as a full-time apprentice by American National and he hit the ground running. 

“He had a passion for the mainframe, and he just picked it up and went with it,” Fry recalled. “It highlights the type of person Jeremy is.”  

“I’m looking back, and it tugs at my heartstrings,” Jeremy reflected to the audience, which included his wife and young daughter. “It’s like, wow. It’s incredible. It’s an incredible opportunity that I get to work for American National and be on this team and go through this program that IBM and Franklin offered. So, I really appreciate everything and I’m super blessed to be here.” 

IBM Z Apprentice graduate Sean K. joined American National’s apprenticeship program after earning his college degree and particularly enjoyed the challenging format of the earn-and-learn program. 

“I got started on the IBM Pre-Apprenticeship and at first, I was super, super confused,” Sean explained. “It was wildly different from anything I was taught in school. And I liked it because it was more challenging in a lot of ways. They sort of just throw you in like, ‘Ohh here’s some JCL’…. like this crazy looking stuff! I eventually figured it out and learned how to solve those problems.” 

Smith shared a memory of Sean’s interview at American National. “I think Sean had the funniest comment in any interview I’ve ever had. When we asked him about the mainframe, he said, ‘It’s like I’m in the secret club now!’ We all thought that was great.” 

The problem solving didn’t stop at JCL or the interview. Sean looked back on his early days on the job and explained to his mentor how far they had come. 

“In the first couple of weeks, you were drawing on the white board… that big BIG diagram of all the different LPARs and stuff… and making that really scary looking picture. But now I’m feeling more confident. We can get work done and be productive, and I wouldn’t be able to do that without you.” 

“Never stop asking questions,” Nick Bastos, AVP IT Infrastructure and Operations at American National said. “That’s really important. If you’re stuck on a problem, don’t be afraid to reach out for help. I’m thrilled to congratulate you and encourage you to continue to grow your careers with American National and mentor any new apprentices in the future.” 

Smith reinforced the importance of curiosity and asking questions. “It became obvious to me early on that our apprentices have a key attribute that is essential for systems programmers. We call it being a ‘digger.’ It’s not only a responsibility. It’s a relentless curiosity. Saying how does that work? Why is that like that? And you guys are diggers and so is everyone on this team. It’s really great to see.” 

Steve Baugh, Lead Systems Programmer at American National, talked about how the apprentices grabbed every opportunity that was offered as part of the program. “Sean jumped right into the projects and doing things that I would never have imagined a beginning system programmer jumping into that quickly. And Jeremy, what can I say about him? He’s a Subject Matter Expert on a product already and he’s teaching me things about it.” 

Kim Nichols, CEO and Founder of Franklin Apprenticeships wrapped up the celebration well, saying, “I’m super proud of you for making it through the program. It sounds like you’re just killing it there at American National. Well done.” 

Click Here to learn more about the IBM Z Apprenticeship program.

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Franklin Welcomes Senior Executives to Advisory Board

Franklin Welcomes Senior Executives to Advisory Board

Franklin Apprenticeships, the tech apprenticeship company, today announced the addition of two senior executives to its advisory board: Peter Buchanan and Lisa Patterson. Buchanan and Patterson bring extensive experience building businesses and relationships with enterprise clients in the financial services and tech industries.

As demand for diverse tech talent continues to grow, Franklin Apprenticeships is rising to meet the challenge of recruiting, training, and hiring top tech professionals across the country.

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FIS Global IBM Z Apprenticeship Graduation

FIS Global IBM Z Apprenticeship Graduation

Computer science college graduates at FIS Global learn IBM Z skills through year-long tech apprenticeship program 

FIS Global recently celebrated the graduation of their IBM zSystems Apprentices with IBM and Franklin Apprenticeships in Cincinnati, Ohio. Through the year-long Registered Apprenticeship Program, graduates earned certificates from the U.S. Department of Labor and industry-recognized credentials while being fully employed by FIS Global.  

Despite IBM zSystems powering 70% of Fortune 500 companies, these skills are not typically taught in higher education. So, FIS Global partnered with IBM and Franklin Apprenticeships to train recent college recruits with computer science degrees on the IBM zSystems platform (also referred to as the mainframe) via an earn-and-learn apprenticeship program designed by IBM. 

“It’s been a fantastic program and we’re very grateful for that,” said Phil Hiett, Systems Manager, Senior Mainframe – Db2 z/OS Database at FIS Global. “The mainframe isn’t going anywhere. So, I’m always thrilled to see young people learning these skills because they are a pathway to a great career.”  

“I studied software engineering in college,” explained Jack M., one of the graduating apprentices. “But the mainframe is completely different from what I learned in school. The IBMz Apprenticeship really was an incredible way to jumpstart my career.” 

“Mainframe workers can be hard to come by, especially at the entry-level,” said Chris Pryor, Systems Manager Senior, Leveraged Infrastructure at FIS Global. “So, I’m grateful for the program IBM and Franklin Apprenticeships have provided.”   

Shelly Meierarend, IBM zSystems Client Skills Leader, encouraged the apprentice graduates to make a positive impact in the IBM zSystems community. She said, “Continue to mentor, grow and invest in learning why you do what you do. You truly can change the world with what you are now capable of doing.” 

Franklin Success Coaches also attended the ceremony to speak about each of the apprentice’s journeys and successes.  

“These apprentices have not only completed 25 units to develop technical competency,” said Franklin Professional Success Coach, Britt Launius. “They also focused on six professional development skills ranging from conflict resolution to effective communications.”  

Every Franklin Apprenticeship program includes professional development exercises and discussions to help apprentices navigate and succeed in the corporate environment.  

For example, Bhuvi B., one of the graduates, had struggled with her confidence prior to beginning the apprenticeship program. The support she received helped her to grow in confidence.  

“My mentors, my manager, my team, and the support from Franklin made me want to stick with it and keep learning as much as possible,” said Bhuvi.  

Franklin Professional Success Coach, Alison Chapman, spoke about Bhuvi’s eagerness to learn and engage in their success coaching sessions.  

“I could always count on Bhuvi to bring the best questions related to coursework and overall discussion related to various projects that she was involved in into our sessions,” said Alison. “Some of her questions even challenged me as a coach, so, thank you for that Bhuvi!” 

FIS Global Managers also spoke at the ceremony, celebrating the apprentices’ accomplishments and the careers that lay ahead of them. 

“It’s going to be fulfilling and it’s going to be rewarding,” said Tom Kesselring, Senior Director, of Leveraged Infrastructure WP in Mainframe Operations at FIS. “You are our future and I wish you the best of luck.”   

Learn more about the IBMz apprenticeship program at: 

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Credit Suisse Celebrates IBM zSystems Apprenticeship Graduates

Credit Suisse Celebrates IBM zSystems Apprenticeship Graduates

Pictured: Virtual and in-person attendees from Credit Suisse, IBM, and Franklin Apprenticeships
Pictured: Virtual and in-person attendees from Credit Suisse, IBM, and Franklin Apprenticeships

Credit Suisse Raleigh celebrated the graduation of its first cohort of IBM zSystems Apprentices in September 2022. Senior leaders within Credit Suisse, IBM, and Franklin Apprenticeships came together to celebrate graduates who completed their Registered Apprenticeship Programs and received certificates from the Department of Labor.  

“I am very impressed with our apprenticeship program,” said Kevin Walker, Managing Director and Head of Credit Suisse Raleigh. “These skills are important and can be difficult to find.” 

Credit Suisse turned to the US IBM zSystems Apprenticeship Accelerator to build its talent pool in its IBM Mainframe Infrastructure team.  

“Our talent progression for the IBM Mainframe team had industry challenges,” explained US Mainframe lead Frank Cortell, who has worked on the team at Credit Suisse for 25 years. “This apprenticeship program is a great solution to those challenges.” 

Credit Suisse was an inaugural employer of the apprenticeship program, which launched in January 2021. Meredith Stowell, VP of Ecosystem, IBM zSystems, applauded the bank as a trailblazer for taking a chance on a new way to build its talent pool.  

“When we were developing this program, we wondered if large companies would really hire people without four-year degrees,” Stowell said. “Credit Suisse stepped up, proving that apprenticeships are highly effective at opening the door of opportunity for people without prior experience or education in tech.” 

By offering an apprenticeship program, Credit Suisse added a diverse group of outstanding apprentices to its IBM Mainframe team who developed their skills over the year-long program. 

Pictured (left to right): Meredith Stowell, Kim Nichols and Anu C.
Pictured (left to right): Meredith Stowell, Kim Nichols and Anu C.

For example, Anu C. previously worked in a dental office and always dreamed of working with computers but didn’t have a path into the field. Juggling her day job and family commitments, she worked late into the night to complete her IBM Pre-Apprenticeship Program, which qualified her for an IBM zSystems Apprenticeship with Credit Suisse.  

“Anu is a quick learner and capable of juggling a lot of things at once,” said Britt Launius, Anu’s Professional Success Coach from Franklin who supported the apprentices and managers through the program. “She always has such a positive perspective, and it is truly a joy to work with her. Her ability to get a lot done and excitement to learn has contributed to her success in this program. She will absolutely go far in this career.” 

Anu said, “Thank you to everyone I’m sitting in front of today. Franklin, IBM, my manager, my team… in this one year, they’ve taught me so much. And still, they are teaching me.”  

The value of learning both professional and technical skills was a recurring theme at the ceremony. 

“I learned a lot from the program and the team,” explained Wesley S., a veteran of the United States Army. “I look forward to continuing to expand my knowledge and my career here at Credit Suisse.” 

Pictured (left to right): Wesley S. and Kim Nichols
Pictured (left to right): Wesley S. and Kim Nichols

Former teacher Joseph L. expressed his gratitude to his managers and the company as a whole for offering the apprenticeship program. 

“Thank you, Credit Suisse,” he said. “If you hadn’t taken this risk on us, we wouldn’t have had this life-changing career opportunity.” 

Each manager also spoke about their experience, celebrating the graduates’ perseverance and progress throughout the year-long program and sharing stories about the journey.  

“Congratulations on the hard work you all put in, day in and day out,” Cortell said. “We look forward to you continuing your growth and will support you in your future endeavors at Credit Suisse.” 

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Celebrating National Apprenticeship Week 2022

Celebrating National Apprenticeship Week 2022

National Apprenticeship Week 2022

The whole team here at Franklin is counting down the days to the 8th Annual National Apprenticeship Week, which runs November 14-20, 2022.  

Sponsored by the Department of Labor, National Apprenticeship Week is the busiest week of the year for apprenticeship news and events. The DOL explains that this nationwide celebration showcases the successes and value of apprenticeships for “re-building our economy, advancing racial and gender equity, and supporting underserved communities.”  

For us, it’s a chance to celebrate the inspiring people, clients and partners that work with us every day to create a new way to build and hire tech talent. We’ll be sharing information about how apprenticeships work, the lives they’ve changed, and business problems they’ve solved. 

This blog is a round-up of all the news and events the Franklin team is supporting as an official Department of Labor Apprenticeship Ambassador, as well as other big National Apprenticeship Week news. It will be updated as the week goes on with links to news articles and events. 


VR Workforce Studio Interviews Franklin Apprenticeship Graduate Chris W., who completed his IBM Z Systems Administrator Apprenticeship with Black Knight Inc. Chris talks about how becoming disabled led him to an apprenticeship, which started a new chapter in his life. “Part of my disability actually affected some of my cognitive and language skills, so I was fighting that battle at that time also…. But now oh man, I love my job, I could tell you that for a fact.” 

Coming soon… our new podcast: Frankly Speaking – Adventures in Tech Apprenticeships
Interested in how tech apprenticeships really work? Frankly Speaking explores the real people and businesses that are charting a new way to develop the technical skills that the American economy desperately needs. Hosted by Franklin Apprenticeship Professional Success Coach Cable Rose, Frankly Speaking is packed with real experiences, advice and lessons learned from apprentices, hiring managers, HR professionals and business leaders.


Tuesday, November 15 

120-Day Cybersecurity Apprenticeship Sprint Culmination Event at the White House. Kimberly Nichols, Franklin’s CEO and Founder, will be attending The U.S. Departments of Labor, Commerce, and Homeland Security White House event to celebrate our efforts to advance the Biden-Harris Administration’s work to develop and train a skilled and diverse cybersecurity workforce through the 120-Day Cybersecurity Apprenticeship Sprint.  

Wednesday, November 16 

Workforce Solutions: Information Technology Apprenticeships Info Session for PA Employers. 1-3pm EST. Andy Smyth, Franklin’s VP Policy, Products and Services joins the panel for this informational session, a representative from the PA Apprenticeship and Training office will provide employers with an overview of Registered Apprenticeship co-sponsored by the Lancaster County Workforce Development Board and the PA Apprenticeship and Training Office 

Thursday, November 17 

Ask Me Anything About Apprenticeships with Andy Smyth on LinkedIn Live. 12-1pm EST. Andy has been building professional apprenticeship programs for more than 30 years and is a true expert in apprenticeships. After a full week of apprenticeship news and announcements, this is your chance to get all of your questions answered. Register now. 

The Path to a Successful Tech Apprenticeship Program

The Path to a Successful Tech Apprenticeship Program

cybersecurity apprentices working to complete a projectEmployers about to take the leap into apprenticeship programs frequently ask us what actions they can take that will lead to the most successful outcomes. Here’s our advice for launching a program that maximizes the benefits to both your organization and its apprentices.

Think long term. As a hiring manager, you often need to plug a hole in your lineup, and quickly. We urge you to adjust that mindset and think of ten-year career paths, not just filling jobs. If you can show a new hire a career path from Day One and not just a job, you’ll stop paying top dollar for experience and fancy resumes and start investing in potential. That 12- to 18-month investment results in loyal team members who typically will stick around for years to come … so you can stop plugging holes.

Prepare to polish. Investing in potential means that you’ll need the ability to see diamonds in the rough. Your new hire will have some ground to cover before they can compete head-on with those high-dollar resumes you’re seeing. But they’ll cover that ground under your watchful eye (and ours), so in the end you’ll have a team member who’s fully versed in doing things your way instead of bringing along bad habits from a previous job. And they’re typically up to speed and adding value in 90-120 days.

Fill in the background. The more we know about your company culture and the way you conduct business, the better we can match candidates to your openings. Take the time up front to consider the qualities in a candidate that will fit in well at your organization, and the ones that won’t. Replicate the personality traits of the past winners, and don’t get too caught up in look-alike resumes.

Look in-house. Nothing contributes to a great company culture, and a loyal team, more than the knowledge that there’s an internal path to career advancement. Assess your current staff and consider who’s ready for a more senior role, then upskill them in an apprenticeship program. You can backfill the chair they leave empty with a new more junior apprentice, usually an easier person to find.

Communicate. You found the perfect apprentice? Be prepared to encourage them along the way, celebrating each milestone as they pass their certifications and enjoy the corresponding pay raise. An open line of communication with their assigned mentor / Success Coach is also vital. They have the ear of your new hire and can get right to work on polishing any rough edges. This communication loop keeps small issues from becoming bigger ones and will make both you and the apprentice happier in the long run.

Ready to learn more about an apprenticeship program for your organization? Contact Franklin Apprenticeships.