Apprenticeships can help you find high performers, bring fresh enthusiasm and perspective to your team, and provide mentorship opportunities for senior staff. But, starting a program brings many questions:
Why would my team take on the risk and training effort?
How do I know they won’t weigh the team down?
Who makes a good apprentice candidate?
What does an apprenticeship program look like?
When do you know an apprentice is ready to promote?
In this session we will explore answers to each of these questions, using examples and conclusions from my own experience launching a program.
If you are looking to expand your capacity to find talent for building a team or are already considering starting an apprenticeship program, this session is for you. Key takeaways will be stories of real experiences starting a program, resources and guidance for starting your own.
Joseph PurcellLead Drupal Architect @ Bounteous
Joseph D. Purcell has been part of the PHP community since 2003. He has a highly diverse technical background with extensive experience in front- and back-end development, system administration, and database administration. He has been responsible for finding and resolving performance bottlenecks in complex highly available systems, using and promoting PHP and web standards and best practices, upgrading and extending legacy PHP platforms, and integration and release management. As a technologist, he is inspired by emerging technologies and the discoveries being made from cross-disciplinary research. He is exercising these many talents at Bounteous in Chicago.