Office Of Innovation And Technology’s Apprentices Have Joined Tech Teams Within Philly Gov

There are many, many paths to a career in technology.

Some study IT, computer science or a related field in a college program, while others teach themselves, attend a bootcamp or find their way into the industry after a career change. But a lesser-known pathway is an apprenticeship. The type of professional development experience has long been known in hands-on fields like construction, but it’s making inroads in the tech industry.

Last year, the City of Philadelphia announced it would be creating technical apprenticeships for its Office of Innovation and Technology. It aimed to find three people working in city government who were interested in transitioning to tech careers, and would train apprentices through LaunchCode or General Assembly, depending on if they pursued engineering or UX design work.