IT Careers with the Potential to Transform Communities

The Situation

The Thrive Accelerator program addresses two specific problems in our community. Thousands of tech jobs go unfilled each year in our region. Meanwhile, thousands of our neighbors are unemployed or underemployed and struggle to thrive. The Thrive Accelerator launched in 2016 with the mission to connect high-aptitude, motivated adults with a pathway into high-paying and sustainable IT careers.

The Solution

Thrive Accelerator Apprentices are identified through partnerships with local programming and software testing bootcamps. After successfully completing intensive technical skills training, graduates are offered positions with Ingage Partners as an Apprentice within our Thrive Accelerator program. Apprentices are assigned a Mentor, an experienced Ingage Consultant, to gain on-the-job experience in delivering project work at one of our industry-leading clients. The Mentor provides professional and technical coaching and skill-building guidance. Learn more about our Mentors. In addition to on-the-job experience, Apprentices benefit from other professional skill–building opportunities like interviewing best practices, career pathway discussions and building a network of industry professionals. An Apprentice will graduate from the Ingage Accelerator program after 12 months, or upon accepting an offer from a client or another employer in the industry. Learn about our Apprentice Graduates. The Thrive Accelerator program relies on strong client partnerships to provide opportunities for new IT professionals to develop a much needed talent pipeline for our community. Through a variety of projects that involve designing, building, and delivering business solutions, these companies are building a future talent pipeline while providing opportunities for our Apprentices to develop valuable experience and achieve their dreams!

The Impact

Since 2016, the Thrive Accelerator has offered a proven model for developing a local pipeline of diverse tech talent and providing transformational opportunities to people in our community. A broader community benefit also exists. Increasing the taxable income of low-wage workers and reducing reliance on public assistance benefits have a compounding financial impact. Since the programs inception this financial impact totals over $1.2MM.

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