NEXT Apprenticeship

In response to the growing tech-job talent gap, the University of Cincinnati – in collaboration with five partner institutions and the computing and informatics industry across the region and eastern U.S. – created the NEXT Apprenticeship Program.

This program closes the talent gap by providing industry partners with skilled employees, and, in the process, creates lifelong opportunities for those who may have never considered technology a viable career choice.

The NEXT Apprenticeship Program provides robust, flexible pathways to well-paying, high-skill careers in informatics, computing, and cybersecurity for underrepresented minorities, veterans, the unemployed or underemployed, non-tech majors and workers who need upskilling.

With the support of our industry partners and a $12 million grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Labor, the NEXT Apprenticeship Program ensures access to talent that meets the needs of today’s employers through remote work resources, digital skills training, and funding opportunities that may cover the costs to hire a student or upskill an existing employee.

next Apprenticeship employer resources

In addition to the Apprenticeship FAQs, we invite employers to  explore additional these additional resources. 

remote work

Employers’ greatest challenge is developing the training and resources to prepare, support, and manage remote workers, from a professional development, technical, and distinctly human aspect. Read more about resources available for employers, including UC’s Remote Work Lab and Learning Services. 

Digital skills

Your employees can develop tech skills and earn Industry Recognized Credentials in a wide range of fields, from essential digital skill development to mastery of complex cloud environments from the University of Cincinnati. Learn more about UC’s Digital Skills Training.

Funding opportunities

The University of Cincinnati offers a number of grants and funding opportunities to subsidize, and sometimes completely cover, the cost to hire a student or upskill an existing employee. View Funding Opportunities to learn more.

NEXT Apprenticeship Partners

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Get in Touch

Whether you’re looking to tap into talent and technology, upskill your workforce or collaborate on your exciting new venture, we’re waiting to hear from you – reach out today to get started!