Seattle-based Apprenti — which trains future tech workers with an emphasis on underrepresented groups, including women, minorities, and veterans — is hosting a virtual employer symposium on Tuesday to discuss strategies for employers to increase diversity in tech roles and cultivate a steady pipeline of diverse talent from non-traditional backgrounds.

Registration for the event is free. The registration link also includes the event schedule, topics, and speaker lineup.

The symposium will run from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Symposium topics include: how to cultivate new talent, rather than just consume it; why CIOs and leaders adopt registered apprenticeships as a tech talent strategy; what is tech apprenticeship and how can it work for you; how tech apprenticeships foster a diverse workforce and an inclusive company culture; how to plan for success in building a scalable program; and how to start, and what next steps to consider.

“Now more than ever, employers need to implement programs that bridge the tech talent and diversity gaps within their organizations,” stated an Apprenti announcement for the symposium. “Between the difficult economic environment, pandemic-related unemployment, and the split in college attendance between higher- and lower-income students, it’s crucial for companies to tap into talent with non-traditional backgrounds in order to foster equitable access and representation in tech fields. Apprenti is helping companies do this by adopting the time-tested model of apprenticeship to meet evolving workforce needs and strengthening the tech ecosystem nationwide.”

Apprenti is powered by the Washington Technology Industry Association (WTIA) and run by the WTIA Workforce Institute.