Creating IT Futures: Looking for a Few Good VARs

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CompTIA is looking for a few good VARs in five locations across the United States to hire specially trained IT-Ready Apprentices. Apprentices will be trained and hold a CompTIA A+ certification.

Are you looking to hire in 2012 but want to give something back to the industry as well? CompTIA’s Creating IT Futures Foundation is looking for a few good VARs to volunteer for its IT-Ready Apprentice Program.

The program, announced in fall 2011, provides employers with IT-Ready Apprentices who have been trained by CompTIA and have earned a CompTIA A+ certification which qualifies them for most entry-level help-desk, call center and technical customer support roles.

"IT-Ready Apprentices are not college interns. They’ve been trained to do the real work that earns your company profit," the organization said. Participating VARs will be asked to bring the apprentice onto the payroll for a period of about six months and pay a flat rate of about $15 per hour, depending on the geographic location. They must also provide an on-site mentor who is not the employee’s supervisor.

The apprenticeship program will launch in Cincinnati, Houston, Kansas City, Minneapolis and San Antonio, with the first wave of apprentices starting work as early as June 2012.

"We want to make philanthropy part of the membership benefit of belonging to CompTIA," Creating IT Futures spokesman Eric Larson told Channel Insider.


Jessica Davis covers the channel for eWeek and Channel Insider. Her technology journalism career began well before anyone heard of the World Wide Web and has included stints at Infoworld, Electronic News/EDN, and the Philadelphia Business Journal. Her work has also appeared on CNN and Forbes.com. She has covered hardware, software and networking, as well as the business side of technology. She has won several journalism awards, including a national ASBPE award for best staff-written column, and was named Marketing Computers hardest working tech journalist on their inaugural list of top tech journalists. Jessica can be reached at jessica.davis@ziffdavisenterprise.com