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TranZed Apprenticeship Services (TAS) is a high-quality, non-traditional apprenticeship program developed to address this country’s need for alternative career paths, as acknowledged by President Obama in his 2014 State of the Union. While federal and private student loan interests soar, college tuition continues to rise. Beyond the affordability consideration, college may not be the best option for a particular student for variety of other reasons. Employers recognize that a degree alone does not guarantee an employee’s career success. Other countries around the world have embraced apprenticeships as a better or best option for certain employment opportunities and have had great success.
TAS is the most recent affiliate of the TranZed Alliance (Alliance), an organization that began with the establishment of the Children’s Guild in 1953. The alliance has grown to include additional programs to promote the Alliance’s overarching mission: Transformation Education. This culture creates management and staff who are agile thinkers who engage the individual student in the way that he or she learns best.
TAS has begun efforts in the Mid-Atlantic area. Its initial apprenticeship offerings are in the IT sector and in partnership with 3aaa, a top-rated UK apprenticeship company that specializes in Professional Services Apprenticeships. The program is based on the 3aaa model as well as information gleaned from several US focus groups including government officials and potential employers. An apprentice is employed full time and will receive on-the-job through a TAS employer. The apprentice will also receive 144+ hours of classroom training (both academic and soft skills) to maintain the apprentice’s occupational competence and address the employer’s business needs. The particular instruction is very flexible, tailored in partnership with the employer, and will often be project-based. Apprenticeships will be registered with Maryland’s Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation.
TAS in the News
with Charles Johnson-Bey of Lockheed Martin