The Cybersecurity Youth Apprenticeship Initiative (CYAI) partners with Goodwill Industries of Northwestern North Carolina to provide registered information technology (IT) learning programs to youth ages 16 to 21, with a focus on women and people of color.
The Youth IT Apprenticeship program provides 16- to 21-year-olds with the computer skills, credentials, and on-the-job counseling needed to meet the demand for IT generalists and computer programmers in North Carolina. Goodwill will identify up to 60 participants from local high schools who are about to graduate and some out-of-school youth who have an interest in the field of IT. This will lead to the opportunity to continue post-secondary education and employment.
“We are thrilled with this new program because it benefits both local youth and the IT and cybersecurity industries, which will have a great need for trained workers over the next few years,” says Deon Carter, NCWorks project director and leader of the learning goodwill program. “Young people can gain paid work experience while taking classes, and when they finish their apprenticeship, they will have professional IT credentials that they can take with them anywhere in the United States and find work.”
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, computer and computer occupations are expected to grow faster than average over the next decade. The office projects that IT jobs will add more than 531,000 jobs between 2019 and 2029, mainly derived from cloud computing, data storage and information security.
“Goodwill Industries’ new North Carolina North Carolina pre-apprenticeship program indicates a clear commitment to youth and will develop the basic core skills needed for a successful learning experience, ”says Mark Ouellette, project manager of CYAI. “Its programming provides young people with stability, the ability to earn as they learn, and connects local youth with on-demand jobs that can lead to a long-term career in cybersecurity.”
Students ages 16 to 21 can apply for the online learning program at https://bit.ly/3ff8Is1 or call Sam Paolelli at 336-724-3625 ext. 11286 for information.