Apprenticeships lead to jobs in a new program.

Innovative tech training firm Per Scholas has teamed up with Nationwide to feed the insurance and financial services giant's junior talent pipeline with a custom-trained cohort of nontraditional tech trainees.

Per Scholas Columbus worked with Nationwide and a slate of 14 students. After an interview process at the end of the training, 13 were then offered six-month paid apprenticeships with Nationwide, with the expectation being full-time employment at the end of the apprenticeship.

Nonprofit Per Scholas recruits and trains diverse candidates in a unique, intense and free boot camp that includes tracks such as software engineering, cybersecurity and IT support, plus career mentoring.

Toni Cunningham, Per Scholas Columbus’ managing director, says they’re in talks with a number of large local employers about similar programs.

“If you work with us, we have the connection to the talent you may be looking for or didn’t know you were looking for, plus the ability to take our curriculum and customize it,” Cunningham says. “We can deliver the talent, you can support and mentor them through training, and they should be ready to come on board at the end of that process.”

Cynthia Bent Findlay is a freelance writer.