How Our Apprenticeship Programs Differ
We understand where the apprentice is coming from. At the same time, we have to make sure the Employer gets what they need.
While employers most often respect a candidate with a degree what they really need, above all else, is a skilled and properly-trained engineer, who has hands-on experience. They need engineers who know and understand the technologies and products into which the employer has invested, possibly, millions of dollars.
One of the fundamentals roles of an engineer, in most corporations, is to keep the environment running: down-time means lost revenue. This is why IT engineers often earn great salaries. Companies pay to prevent the loss of business. This means the engineer needs to know the "ins and outs" of the specific technologies and products being used within the corporate environment.
There are many training companies out there - lots of which offer apparently "approved" apprenticeship programs - who do not offer vendor-authorized training. They do not provide properly-certified instructors. The apprentice is subjected to an instructor who pretends to know his/her "stuff" while they are provided with no official materials and receive substandard training... and then, when the apprentice fails the certification exam, they get the blame for not studying "properly" when, really, it is the fault of the substandard training and support the apprentice received.
We consider this to be morally reprehensible and a grave disservice to the apprentice, so we offer only vendor-approved training by properly-certified instructors because we want to give apprentice the best start in their careers.
NC-Expert instructors are seasoned professionals who each have many years experience - not only in the classroom, but also in the "real" world. They have each held "real" jobs and are able to bring this breadth of experience into the classroom for the benefit of our students.
What We Offer
NC-Expert is a top supplier of very high-end technical vendor certification training.
We provide training to the same companies our apprentices want to work for: we train their existing staff. We work with the vendors our apprentices are trying to get jobs with, to help them develop programs and write many of their courses for them.
We put our heads together with the Department of Labor, our vendors, and our customers to create unique programs that are designed to help our apprentices best utilize their time and resources without the fear of being taken advantage of, as is all too common in the training industry today. In short, our programs give you the potential for a good job, one where you will gain real-world experience while earning a salary.
We ensure that a mentor is assigned to you and that you will be rewarded with wage increases as you progress through the program, mastering new skills and earning the required certifications. At completion of our 3-year program, for example, you will have almost 3 years of real-world, cutting-edge IT engineering experience, more than 10 of the most desired IT certifications in the market today, resume proof of being a good hire, and a formal US Government credential signed by both NC-Expert and the Department of Labor.
With our programs we specifically reduced the costs involved to be able to give our apprentices the absolute maximum amount of training possible, in the areas that are most in demand. From an employment perspective, our apprentices not only want to get certifications that are recognized, but they also want to get the ones that are in demand - specifically, in areas of technology that are growing. The apprentice must consider where this will place them 5 years from when they earn the certification. Choosing the wrong certification or technology will end up being a waste of time and money that may start you on a path that is difficult to reverse.
We have had multiple people scrutinize our programs to ensure we only include training from companies that are leading in their respective markets, and followed the lead of hiring managers who were investing corporate money into the classes we already included, to improve their existing teams.
We have an additional aim: we want our apprentices to be so well-trained that they will become the envy of the IT team they are joining!