The apprenticeship prepares people for lucrative, resilient careers in Chicago’s tech sector. Our North Star: Increase Chicago’s talent supply and drive equitable economic growth in the region.
Apprentices placed at Chicago-area companies.
Average salary during apprenticeship, plus benefits.
People of color. 50% Women.
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Candidates should be 18 years or older, eligible to work in the U.S., have a high school diploma or equivalent, live in or near Chicago, and be able to type 35 words per minute. While we are particularly interested in underrepresented minorities and women, anyone is welcome to apply.
When a new cohort opens, applicants begin our free, four-week, online Intro to Coding. In this course, they will learn foundational HTML, CSS, and Ruby basics, along with key business skills, like building a mock Linktree page and doing an elevator speech. Candidates who complete the Intro to Coding are eligible to interview and take further assessments to determine their readiness for our in-person program.
Successful applicants commence a full-time, on-site, paid 12-week career development program at DPI. This program gives trainees experience writing and deploying web-based applications using Ruby, as well as an individualized soft-skills program to maximize success.
Upon successful completion of the program, trainees may interview with employers for nine to 12 month apprenticeship tech roles. Placement is subject to trainee aptitude and employer needs.
We review applications on a first come, first serve basis according to the needs of our employer partners and will notify applicants when a new Intro to Coding program begins. Although we accept applications on a rolling basis, please complete the application as soon as possible if you would like to be considered for this opportunity.
Meet Matthew, Zipporah, and Ainsley, three of the apprentices in the Pritzker Tech Talent Labs’ Full-Stack Software Development Apprenticeship Program. Here, they talk about their journeys through the program and what fueled their desire to engage in this challenging and transformational experience. We also learn from an employer partner, SAP, about what it has meant for new talent to join their organization.
To be considered for the program you must meet all of the following requirements: