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App Shop Detroit Labs Creates Apprenticeship Program

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The Detroit Labs office in downtown Detroit. WWJ photo / Matt Roush

The Detroit Labs office in downtown Detroit. WWJ photo / Matt Roush

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DETROIT (WWJ) – The tech startup Detroit Labs has made headlines for its fast growth since its founding in 2011. Now the mobile app developer is hiring more tech talent and adding a new program and new career opportunities for those with an interest in app development.

The Detroit Labs Apprentice Program, a new three-month apprenticeship which launched this month, gives individuals a chance to work in mobile app development, regardless of their experience. Upon acceptance to the program, apprentices are hired as full-time team members.

The program will run each spring and fall, including:
• One month of full-time classroom and lab learning
• One month of full-time project based learning
• One month of one-on-one coaching and mentorship with a full-time app developer at Detroit Labs
• Apprentices needing additional help after the three-month program will receive extra training

Detroit Labs intends to transition apprentices to full-time app developers after they complete the training program. The inaugural series currently under way includes 12 apprentices, including one team member who already worked at Detroit Labs as a Venture for America fellow. The current session focuses on iPhone mobile development while the fall session will focus on Android mobile development.

The classroom training takes place at fellow M@dison Block and Detroit Venture Partners company Grand Circus and is funded by a grant from Automation Alley.

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