Why your business should have an apprentice program - That Conference 2015

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August 11, 2015

Why your business should have an apprentice program - That Conference 2015

Good talent is hard to find. What if your business grew new talent from within rather than hiring on the open market?

There are two types of companies—talent consumers and talent producers. Sparkbox believes that being a talent producer is a more sustainable path for the future. Running an apprenticeship program for the last four years, we've had some amazing results. Apprenticeships are a great way for a company to give back to the industry while still adding to the bottom line and plan for the future.

During our session, I will share how we run our apprenticeship, our mistakes, and our successes.

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August 11, 2015
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  1. Rob Harr WHY YOUR BUSINESS SHOULD HAVE AN APPRENTICE PROGRAM

    @robertharr
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  4. Giant Disclaimer!

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  8. I am in the talent business.

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  10. APPRENTICESHIPS

  11. Survey time.

  12. Everyone is trying to hire.

  13. WHY YOUR BUSINESS SHOULD HAVE AN APPRENTICE PROGRAM STORY TIME

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  15. 2011

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  21. WHAT I LEARNED WHY YOUR BUSINESS SHOULD HAVE AN APPRENTICE

    PROGRAM
  22. People are our biggest asset.

  23. 2 kinds of Companies: Talent Producers Talent Consumers

  24. There are seasons for all things.

  25. Always planning for the future.

  26. THE BASICS WHY YOUR BUSINESS SHOULD HAVE AN APPRENTICE PROGRAM

  27. APPRENTICESHIPS

  28. ap·pren·tice : a person who is learning a trade from

    a skilled employer, having agreed to work for a fixed period at low wages.
  29. Traditional Education

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  31. APPRENTICESHIP GUIDELINES WHY YOUR BUSINESS SHOULD HAVE AN APPRENTICE PROGRAM

  32. Paid

  33. Focused on Learning

  34. January February March April May June July 6 Months

  35. January February March April May June July Phase 1: Source

    Control and Programming Basics Phase 2: Frontend Development: Markup, Style, Interaction, and Preprocessing Phase 3: MVC Frameworks, Databases, and Personal Projects
  36. https://github.com/sparkbox/apprenticeships

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  38. Part of the Team & Intentional Mentoring

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  43. Regular Pairing

  44. It takes a village

  45. January February March April May June July Monthly Reviews

  46. Soft Skills

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  48. APPRENTICESHIPS AT SPARKBOX WHY YOUR BUSINESS SHOULD HAVE AN APPRENTICE

    PROGRAM
  49. April January February March December November October Call for apprentices

    & Interviews Selections Made Apprenticeship starts Move to Dayton Homework Timeline September August
  50. Our Goal To have everyone be a solid beginner.

  51. 4 years with 100% Placement

  52. BUSINESS ROI WHY YOUR BUSINESS SHOULD HAVE AN APPRENTICE PROGRAM

  53. 30%

  54. 50,000 @ 30% = $15,000

  55. 3 Months for new Employees

  56. Reduces the business risk.

  57. The wrong hire is really expensive.

  58. Newly trained potential hires every summer.

  59. Investing in your people

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  61. Investing in your community

  62. Inwardly Focused

  63. APPRENTICESHIPS

  64. “Even the second-hand smoke I inhale while working at Sparkbox

    is enough to blow my mind and make it more than worth being here.” Neil Renicker
  65. Changing peoples lives

  66. Our long term business plan is to have happy, healthy,

    well adjusted humans and families.
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  68. Looking to collect information about apprenticeships.

  69. http://apprentice.at

  70. For 2016 apply now. http://seesparkbox.com/foundry/be_a_2016_sparkbox_apprentice

  71. Want more? Businessology Podcast BizCraft Podcast Unmatched Style How Design

    Live Madison Ruby Digital PM Summit
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  73. QUESTIONS?

  74. THANKS! @robertharr rob@heysparkbox.com