CNM’s New IT Apprenticeship Program Seeking Employers to Mentor Apprentices

May 23, 2016 -- CNM is seeking employers to participate in the newly-established New Mexico Information Technology Apprenticeship Program (NMITAP) and help develop a well-trained information technology workforce for their companies.
May 23, 2016

The employers would hire apprentices and help them develop the skills to be productive, flexible and dedicated workers. The apprentices learn the company’s culture and become work-ready employees.

“We are encouraging all companies that have an IT need to consider participating in NMITAP and use apprentices,” said Sue Buffington, project director for the NMITAP program. “Whether the company has an established apprenticeship program or would like to start a new one, NMITAP staff will assist them through every step to ensure the successful training and up-skilling of applicants and existing employees.”

By working with employers, apprentices will develop an in-depth understanding of their roles in the company and be able to use their skills to meet real business needs. Dependable apprentices can also increase the company’s productivity, increase profits and ensure a high level of service.

Funded by a $2,999,553 U.S. Department of Labor grant, the program is designed to teach apprentices necessary IT skills with on–the-job training and technical instruction and also train them to fit a company’s culture and pace. The grant is part of the Labor Department’s $175 million American Apprenticeship Grants program.

Apprentices, who can be first-time college students, current students or unemployed workers seeking skills and development, can pursue the IT program of their choice, including:

  • IT Development – Become a computer programmer, software or web developer.
  • IT Security – Become an information security analyst.
  • IT Systems – Become a computer systems analyst, database administrator, network and computer systems administrator or computer network architect.
  • IT User Support – Become a computer user support specialist.
  • IT Health – Become a medical records and health information technician.

Hands-on apprenticeships are proven to be very successful pathways to high-quality, middle-class jobs. “In fact 87 percent of apprentices are employed after completing their programs, with an average starting wage of $50,000,” the U.S. Department of Labor said in a 2015 news release.

Currently, several local employers, including Presbyterian Healthcare, Black Box Network Services, The Kemtah Group, Sandia National Laboratories, Nova Corporation, Rural Sourcing, Inc., New Mexico Higher Education Department, CNM and RiskSense, have expressed interest in using NMITAP apprentices. The program is seeking more employers in the community to participate.

Working with NMITAP as partners are New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions, New Mexico Technology Council, SUN PATH, Innovate+Educate, City of Albuquerque, New Mexico Public Education Department, New Mexico Taxation and Revenue Department and the New Mexico Department of Health.

Visit the NMITAP website to learn more about participating as an employer or as an apprentice.

For more information on becoming a participating employer, contact NMITAP at or (505) 224-5227.