Creating IT Futures: Looking for a Few Good VARs

By Jessica Davis

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.


This article was originally published on 2012-01-10