NC-Expert IT Apprenticeship Program Flow
How it Works...
Our programs are, in essence, very simple and are made up of three components:
- The Apprentice (you)
- The Employer
These three elements constantly interact and work together. NC-Expert will help the apprentice to find a suitable job and will train them in the technical knowledge required to achieve certifications. The employer will provide the apprentice with on-the-job training and experience which is so essential to gaining a solid foundation. And the apprentice will provide the desire and effort to succeed.
Simply put, the apprentice candidate will contact NC-Expert and request to be considered for the program. (See our "Get Started Today" tab.)
Once enrolled into the program, the apprentice candidate will secure employment (and NC-Expert will help in this process). Once an employer is located the program is explained and consent to initiate the program is obtained.
The apprentice works, gaining on-the-job experience which, as anyone knows who has ever held a job, is vital. The apprentice attends NC-Expert's IT training classes, studies in their own time, and sits industry certification exams.
As each pre-arranged stage is reached the apprentice earns a pay raise. During the program, apprentices earn multiple pay raises.
At the end of the program, the candidate formally graduates with certification co-signed by the Department of Labor and NC-Expert.
The graduated engineer is now equipped to gain employment in their selected track!
 The Apprentice (You)
You select the Apprenticeship Program you wish to pursue.
Ideally, you already have a job and your employer is happy to act as your sponsor. But this is often not the case. Don't worry - we can help get you settled into a job*, then you can start attending our technical training classes.
You put the things you learn in class into practice while you are doing your job. You sit certification exams, and pass. As you progress through your program and earn certifications, you will get pre-agreed, incremental wage increases from your employer.
Since this is an "Apprenticeship" program, please understand that you will not start off at the standard salary for the position you may obtain. To start with, you will will probably be paid a percentage of the standard salary and, as you earn certifications, you are guaranteed to receive set salary increases. By the end of your second year (depending on certification success) it is anticipated that you will be earning the standard salary for that position, hence the Department of Labor Apprenticeship Program catchphrase "the more you learn, the more you earn."
As you progress through your selected program, you will attend further classes, put your new knowledge into practice, then sit/pass more exams, thus earning additional industry certifications and making yourself more valuable to your employer. By the end of your program, you will have gained experience and will possess industry certifications to prove your skill-set.
By time of your graduation from your program, we expect that your employer/sponsor will find you so valuable that they will agree to retain you, permanently, in your position.
*This may take some time, so be patient
NC-Expert will work with you and, if you are not already in a suitable job, will work with you to help you find an appropriate position which will benefit your future goals.
We will assist in your job search and can explain your selected program, and its benefits, to your prospective employer. We will help craft your resume. We will provide you with training in interview techniques. We will work behind the scenes to help you find a suitable job.
Once you are set up with an employer, we will begin the technical training portion of your selected program. NC-Expert is a world-class provider of training programs and classes. We will provide technical and soft-skills training and will be available to act as mentors and guides as you progress through your program.
We will offer you training and support - but, for your part, you will be expected to work hard and study hard.
 The Employer
The employer agrees to take you on as an "Apprentice" - meaning it is understood that you do not yet possess the expected skill-set and/or experience for the position. The position can be temporary, or permanent (this depends entirely on the employer's discretion).
The employer will agree to mentor you and will work with NC-Expert to help provide you with requisite experiences to broaden your knowledge and strengthen your skill base. Your employer will also agree, from the outset, to release you from work to attend your planned training classes.
As you earn certifications, your employer will provide wage increases at a pre-agreed amount. This will continue as you progress through your program up until graduation.
Getting the Apprentice Candidate Hired
Our unique position within the IT industry and market allows us to leverage existing and new relationships with companies looking to hire IT workers with the skills we provide in our programs.
NC-Expert will screen and enroll the candidate into our apprenticeship program. During this process we will partner with a local employer. NC-Expert will enter into an agreement with the potential employer which will outline requirements and conditions of hiring our candidate as an apprentice. The agreement between NC-Expert and the company will include an agreement regarding time off to attend the training, an agreement for set pay raises upon successful attainment of specific certifications, and a structured plan to ensure that OJT competencies are addressed.
Areas that are typically included in the employee’s job role, such as workplace safety, will be executed by the company and verified and signed off by NC-Expert. Other areas that are included in the OJT Apprenticeship program, but are not normally part of the company’s training, such as interpersonal communication and team leadership, will be provided by NC-Expert.
Regular meetings will be held with the apprentice’s supervisors and the NC-Expert team will be conducted to ensure that the apprentice:
- is progressing through the apprenticeship,
- is being provided ample opportunity to exercise their skills and grow their experience, and
- to ensure the employer is happy with the apprentice as a contributing member of their team
At the completion of the program NC-Expert will work with the company and the apprentice to help secure an ongoing full-time position with the company and will transition the graduating apprentice from the apprenticeship program.
These are the easiest to help in our program. If the candidate wants to enroll in our apprenticeship training program, all they need do is get their employer on board. We can talk to the employer about the benefits, to them, of the program – from developing ideal employees, to saving on downtime, to the financial benefits to the employer.
The training the apprentice will receive is at a heavily discounted price and is aimed at putting the apprentice exactly where the employer wants them to be – to help create their “ideal” employee who possesses all the technical and soft skills they could want!