A Washington Technology Industry Association (WTIA) apprenticeship program and Snohomish County have partnered on an effort to train dislocated workers for tech-industry jobs.

Apprenti, Washington’s first registered apprenticeship program powered by WTIA and run by the WTIA Workforce Institute, and the county have launched Tech Training Academy to support workers whose jobs were impacted by COVID-19. The academy will provide training for workers to pursue careers in high-demand occupations in the information technology industry and will help match dislocated workers to businesses in need of talent, according to a news release.

Apprenti will deliver pre-apprenticeship training to prepare dislocated workers for high-wage software-development jobs at small, medium, and large technology firms. The Tech Training Academy will serve at least 25 Snohomish County residents over 18 years old with an emphasis on women, veterans, and people of color, the release said.

People interested in the academy must start with an assessment and will be contacted by the academy based on that. Call (206) 707-0194 for information or questions.

“This partnership will provide a crucial opportunity to help educate and train the next generation of diverse employees at some of our state’s largest tech companies,” Jennifer Carlson, co-founder and executive director of Apprenti, said in the release.

Apprenti looks to bridge the talent gap and give diverse talent with non-traditional backgrounds apprenticeship opportunities at leading tech companies.

“Snohomish County is in the forefront of what’s next for the technology industry, and we believe the power of apprenticeship programs, like Apprenti, will only continue to grow,” Snohomish County Executive Dave Somers said in the release. “With the Tech Training Academy, we will help those looking for work and help rebuild our economy. Our goal is to support displaced workers by offering immediate opportunities in high-demand careers. By partnering with Apprenti, we have the chance to educate and place our residents at top tech companies across the state, expanding a diverse and well-paid workforce.”

Apprenti operates in 16 U.S. markets and has placed more than 1,000 apprentices nationwide at top companies. More than 80 percent of these apprentices have been retained or hired after their apprenticeship with significantly higher salaries than their previous employment, the release said. Apprentices in Washington state earn an average of $87,209 in their first year after graduation.