Windy City Rails 2016

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Software apprenticeships have been around for years, but until recently only a handful of companies committed to them as a path to growing their teams. It’s time for that to change. If you have trouble hiring enough developers, if you struggle with retention and diversity, or if you’d like to raise the bar on your development practices, you need to give software apprenticeship a look. In this talk, we’ll cover the real and imagined costs of running an apprenticeship, the real and imagined benefits, and some helpful tips for starting your own program. You’ll leave prepared to craft a program that fits the resources of today’s team so that you can build tomorrow’s. About Joe Mastey Joe Mastey consults as a software engineer and technical advisor. Recently he’s been focusing on helping companies build fantastic internal education programs. As an avid extreme weather enthusiast, Chicago has been quite kind to him, despite a distinct lack of climbable rocks. Delivered at WindyCityRails 2016 in Chicago, IL, USA. Learn more about WindyCityRails at

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