The following highlights some of Apex’s STEM community partnerships. All of these organizations are looking for seasoned professionals interested in giving back, such as: being a guest speaker to share your career story, acting as a mentor, giving a presentation, donation of business clothes, hosting an intern, hosting a tour of your company, etc..
The continuing technology skills divide continues to be a hot topic, and rightfully so, especially when you consider that by 2020, there will be 1.4 million computer science jobs available and only 400,000 graduates available to fill those jobs. The need for professionals with knowledge in areas such as programming, artificial intelligence, data science, cybersecurity, and project management isn’t going away. Luckily, there are incredible organizations with programs that help individuals gain technology education and experience. Apex is excited about our partnerships with many of these organizations. Together we help individuals with preparing and launching their technology careers!
Programming Boot Camps
- Coding Schools – Through our Apex Talent University (ATU) program, we now have partnerships with 40+ coding schools across the US. We have given them access to additional training through our Toolbox Talks webinar series, provided onsite job search, resume and interviewing workshops, and helped during their job search. Apex placed 202 Code School Alumni into their 1st professional programming job in 2018!
Non-Profit STEM Programs
- Year Up - We’ve been a National Staffing Partner with Year Up since November 2017. Across the country, our teams have participated in career fairs, volunteered on career panels, hosted career readiness events, mentored students, held business clothing drives and more! We helped 81 graduates launch their careers in 2018, and 235+ in the last 3 years.
“My first Mentee from Year Up is graduating from the program and it’s been a great experience. Clinton is completing his internship with a company in Baltimore and received incredible feedback and letters of recommendation. Our Baltimore recruiting team just helped him find a technical support job. I can’t wait to be a mentor again; it’s rewarding and fun to help make a difference in the career development of these driven young individuals!” – Laura, Balt. AM
Our Jacksonville management team, Wendy and Gary (bottom left), delivered a career readiness workshop to their local Year Up students, and answered questions around types of jobs, resumes, interviewing, and more.
- CompTIA Creating IT Futures Technology Education Program – In many cities across the country, CompTIA has launched an IT Ready program under their Creating IT Futures organization, which is the philanthropic arm of CompTIA. In these programs, technology education is provided to diverse groups such as veterans, moms returning to the workforce and at-risk young adults in low income areas. Apex is active with many of their locations, such as Minneapolis, Portland and Charlotte.
Anna, our Delivery Manager in Portland, participates in a career panel and mock interview day at her IT Ready Program.
- NPower - With a strong interest in placing military veterans and young adults from under-served communities Apex partnered more closely with NPower in 2017. Our partnership has led to placing 50 bright graduates and 17 just last year (2018)! Apex works with NPower Career Service Managers out of their 6 locations to help identify talented graduates and alumni who fit in demand skill sets our clients are seeking.
- Best Buy Teen Tech Center – Many of our offices support their local Best Buy Teen Tech Center through mentorship, field trips, and career advice. Our Denver and Chicago offices hosted students for a field trip, where they got to hear from our management on different career paths, skills they hire for, and overall advice. Students also got the opportunity to shadow our Recruiters and Account Managers. We had 13 members of our Denver team sign up to be mentors to the next round of Teen Tech Center students!
Students at the Denver Best Buy Teen Tech Center got to shadow Recruiters to learn more about their day-to-day, potential entry-level technology jobs, and what Recruiters look for in the candidates they’re considering.
San Antonio team members went to their Best Buy Teen Tech Center to deliver a career readiness session.
The Gold Crown Clubhouse summarized their Apex field trip via this Blog!
- Security+ Program – In early 2018, we established a partnership with Intellectual Point to provide free Security+ training. So far, we have helped 51 individuals get their Sec+ certification and placed 42 into jobs.
- Vets2PM – We are a corporate partner with Vets2PM, an organization who helps veterans interested in a Project Management career get their PMP. We help their students and alumni with getting additional project management, leadership and soft skills training, enroll those interested in our Security+ training program, give career readiness and job searching advice, and help place. We also work with Vets2PM interested in internal roles at Apex!
- Operation Code – We’ve been a corporate sponsor of Operation Code since 2017, and have provided career-coaching advice and provided our career readiness and technical webinars to their community.
- Mil Spouse Coders – In addition to active military members and veterans, we support the Mil Spouse Coders group through sponsorship, career advice, volunteerism and giving access to technical training webinars. We sponsored the 2018 Virginia Beach Mil Spouse Coders hackathon!
- Wounded Warrior Project - Warriors to Work recently teamed up with CompTIA (Creating IT Futures) to offer the IT-Ready program, a virtual 12-week technology training program, which gives veterans (and their families) a basic foundation in technical support, operations, networking and cybersecurity. Apex supports this program through: delivering company orientations to each class, working with graduates on jobs, and giving access to our virtual education courses and career readiness resources.