A new apprenticeship program in Tysons will allow a wide range of job seekers in the technology industry to get a foothold in the workforce.
The initiative welcomed 10 apprentices at a signing event last Friday (Feb. 21) at the Alarm.com headquarters, where the apprentices will be working for a year, according to a press release.
The 10 chosen participants were selected from over 600 applicants, according to Megan Johns, the apprenticeship program manager. “It was a pretty rigorous process,” she said.
Applicants went through an aptitude test, which consisted of computer skills, a phone call and an in-person panel interview, Johns said.
Apprentices range in age and background according to Johns, who added that the participants are roughly 20-40 years old.
The Tysons-based company helps clients with home and business security, according to its website. Founded in 2000, the website said Alarm.com lets people secure their homes remotely using technology that coordinates with personal devices.
As a state-funded initiative created in partnership with the Northern Virginia Community College and GO Virginia‘s economic development initiative, the program will include three members from the military community, the press release said.
One program participant spent more than 20 years serving in the army and National Guard, while another is a marine and the third is a military spouse, Johns said.
“There are more than 100,000 job openings right now in Northern Virginia, half of them in technical fields, so the need for connecting companies with talent is obvious,” Fairfax County Economic Development Authority CEO Victor Hoskins said.
At the signing event, speakers discussed talent acquisition efforts, the growing demand for on-the-job learning experiences and technical education, according to the press release.
After their initial year at the company, program participants will be able to apply for long-term positions within the company, according to Johns, who said Alarm.com is “rapidly growing” and looking for talent.
Photo courtesy Alarm.com