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Franklin Apprenticeships Unveils New Podcast

Franklin Apprenticeships Unveils New Podcast

Frankly speaking logo(Baltimore – November 21, 2022) – Franklin Apprenticeships today announced a new podcast about tech apprenticeships and early careers called, Frankly Speaking – Adventures in Tech Apprenticeships. The publication of the first three episodes came during National Apprenticeship Week, which ran November 14-18, 2022. 

Frankly Speaking gives listeners a behind-the-scenes view from the real people and organizations that are building tech skills on-the-job with apprenticeships and trailblazing a new way to develop America’s tech talent pool. Episodes are available on Franklin’s website and on major streaming services including Spotify, Amazon Music, and Apple Podcasts. 

“Tech apprenticeships are transforming lives and filling critical skills gaps nationwide, but they are still a relatively new concept in the United States,” says Kimberly Nichols, CEO and Founder of Franklin Apprenticeships. “We are on a mission to make tech apprenticeships as well-known as computer science degrees. That’s what this podcast is all about – providing a platform for our hardworking apprentices, dedicated employer clients and exceptional partners to tell their stories and share their experiences.”  

Hosted by Franklin Apprenticeships Professional Success Coach, Cable Rose, Frankly Speaking guests include employers, apprentices, success coaches, and industry leaders who are involved with tech apprenticeship programs. “Every day as a Professional Success Coach, I get to see moments of gold working with apprentices, managers, and tech leaders,” says Rose. “I am excited to share these stories and adventures, and let everyone across America know that apprenticeships are another path for people who want to jump into a tech career and great way for companies to build exceptional tech teams.” 

The first episode, Building Tech Talent for the Long Term, features Angie Voght, HR Manager, Black Knight Inc. She manages the IBM Z Apprenticeship program and sees it as a long-term solution to fill critical roles in the company’s tech team.  

Voght explains, “When you’re combining those technical skills with refined soft skills in professionalism, it’s really a manager’s dream.” 

The second episode features Oscar H., an IBM Z Apprentice in M&T Bank’s Z Development Program (ZDP) in Buffalo, NY. Oscar, a former youth worker for a detention center, describes how his apprenticeship changed his life in the episode called, The Turning Table. In 2020, M&T Bank launched its ZDP tech apprenticeship in collaboration with IBM, Franklin Apprenticeships, and The Urban Institute to expand access to tech careers for people with little to no technology experience. With a special focus on recruiting candidates from traditionally underrepresented communities in technology, M&T has recently welcomed its third cohort of IBM Z Apprentices. 

“My apprenticeship was literally the turning table for my life and never in a million years would I have thought that I would be here,” Oscar says. 

The third episode, The Truth Behind “Potential Unlocked,” explores the views of Tim Fry, Professional Success Coach and Veteran Outreach Manager for Franklin Apprenticeships. Tim is a veteran of the United States Air Force who holds the distinction of being the first graduate in the United States of the Professional Success Coach Registered Apprenticeship. Tim talks about his transition from the military and his role in helping apprentices reach their potential. 

“Unlocking your potential is easy to say,” says Fry. “But in reality, you have to challenge yourself and become vulnerable.” 

National Apprenticeship Week focused on highlighting the benefits of Registered Apprenticeships in the United States. The podcast is part of Franklin’s commitment to championing Registered Apprenticeship Programs as an official Department of Labor Apprenticeship Ambassador. 

“Need another reason to listen?” says Rose. “Check out the new podcast trailer here. 

About Franklin Apprenticeships  

Franklin Apprenticeships is a women-owned company that helps employers fill mission-critical tech roles with undiscovered, diverse talent. By removing the barriers of a college degree and prior experience, Franklin finds outstanding candidates from all walks of life with an aptitude for tech, helps them to become job-ready, and matches them with employers. Franklin’s Professional Success Coaches support them and their employers every step of the way through “earn and learn” apprenticeship programs.   

Franklin unlocks the potential within people and organizations. Franklin’s employers report their apprentices are 80% productive within six months, and 100% competent by the end of their apprenticeships. Franklin offers apprenticeship occupations for the most in-demand tech roles, including cybersecurity, helpdesk, IBM Z, software engineering and network engineering. Learn more at 

About National Apprenticeship Week 

National Apprenticeship Week is a nationwide celebration where industry, labor, equity, workforce, education, and government leaders host events to showcase the successes and value of Registered Apprenticeship for re-building our economy, advancing racial and gender equity, and supporting underserved communities. NAW is an opportunity to highlight how Registered Apprenticeship, a proven and industry-driven training model, provides a critical talent pipeline that can help to address some of our nation’s pressing workforce challenges such as rebuilding our country’s infrastructure, addressing critical supply chain demands, supporting a clean energy workforce, modernizing our cybersecurity response, and responding to care economy issues. Read more at  

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