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 The San Diego Workforce Partnership and Creating Coding Careers announced a 12-week pre-apprenticeship program Wednesday aimed at removing financial barriers to careers in software engineering for San Diego job seekers.

Creating Coding Careers is intended to address skill shortages in San Diego’s tech industries. By offering access through a Workforce Partnership income-share agreement, the program will provide training to San Diegans who struggle to pay up-front education costs. To apply, interested individuals are encouraged to register directly through Creating Coding Careers. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

“I know this is work that more people can do and crush it,” said Mike Roberts, CEO of Creating Coding Careers. “Folks just need an opportunity to show their superpowers. Through our collaboration with the Workforce Partnership, we’re able to provide opportunities for San Diegans to launch careers in software engineering.”

According to research from the San Diego Workforce Partnership, the region has seen double-digit growth in technology jobs in recent years, but the pipeline of graduates with the skills to succeed in those positions continues to lag behind.

“For too many San Diegans, the cost of acquiring the skills and education to launch a software engineering career bars them from pursuing opportunities for social and economic mobility,” said Peter Callstrom, CEO of the Workforce Partnership. “This is about creating a new, sustainable model of workforce development that can also help employers address pressing tech talent shortages.”

Because the payment amount scales with an individual’s salary, the agreement is intended to ensure that no graduate will face the burden of payment during times of financial hardship. Participants will also have access to a support system, including career coaching and mentoring, one-on-one support, and internship and job placement services.

Upon joining the apprenticeship, participants will sign an $8,000 agreement to cover the cost of training and will begin paying back the funds after they secure a job that pays more than $50,000 a year. After completing the 12-week training program, graduates will receive a $2,100 stipend before joining Creating Coding Careers’ paid 12-month apprenticeship. Apprentices will be paid $18 an hour as they learn crucial coding skills by working on real projects for local employers.

–City News Service

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