FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, November 15, 2018

PRESS CONTACT: Gloria Chan,, (415) 554-6926


San Francisco, CA –The Office of Economic and Workforce Development (OEWD) announced a series of events to commemorate the U.S. Department of Labor’s annual National Apprenticeship Week, November 12-18—Creating Tomorrow. The weeklong events focus on TechSF Apprenticeship, the city’s technology training program that provides skills for residents to compete in today’s tech industry. The program also works with tech firms to create job opportunities and apprenticeships.

“National Apprenticeship Week provides an opportunity to highlight how apprenticeships can help San Franciscans learn the skills they need for a successful career in today’s leading industries,” said Mayor Breed. “This is about making sure that people not only have the skills, but also the opportunities to succeed. I am committed to increasing apprenticeships and paid internships for San Franciscans to prepare them for well-paying careers.”

National Apprenticeship Week is a nationwide opportunity for companies, trade and industry groups, nonprofit organizations, unions, labor-management organizations, and educational institutions to highlight how apprenticeships prepare American workers for the jobs of today and the future.

TechSF will be highlighting its Registered Apprenticeship Initiative within the tech industry, which creates pathways to careers in Software Engineering, IT Administration, Salesforce Analysis, Cybersecurity Analysis, and more. TechSF Registered Apprenticeships provide demand-driven education, mentorship and an “earn while you learn” model – helping to close the growing skills gap within the San Francisco tech sector.

The goal of TechSF Apprenticeship Week will focus on bringing together employers and tech training providers for a series of conversations, panels and showcases. The following apprenticeship-focused programs will provide the following events during Apprenticeship Week: 

  • Tuesday, November 13th: Innovative Solutions for the Salesforce Hiring Crunch, a panel with industry leaders around Salesforce Apprenticeships, hosted by the Jewish Vocational Services.

  • Wednesday, November 14th: TechSF Apprenticeship Week Celebration event, hosted by the Office of Economic and Workforce Development.

  • Thursday, November 15th: Cybersecurity Apprenticeships NOW Panel, hosted by City College of San Francisco.

  • Thursday, November 15th: Dev Mission Tech Wizard Apprenticeship Training Program Official Launch.

TechSF Apprenticeships connect local businesses to diverse talent pipelines, promote employee retention and support long-term employee learning and development. Additionally, TechSF helps companies develop talent by identifying an internal mentor and curating a comprehensive learning plan through OEWD’s training partners. Over 90% of apprentices remain employed with their company after their apprenticeship term ends.

“Apprenticeship Week is an opportunity to highlight the benefits that diverse and local talent brings to tech employers and companies with tech-based needs,” said Joaquín Torres, Director of San Francisco’s Office of Economic and Workforce Development. “TechSF provides valuable opportunities for San Francisco companies to support equitable workforce goals and see high returns on their investments.”

“TechSF Apprenticeships supports diverse communities in San Francisco, helping them participate and thrive in the tech sector. Apprenticeships are new types of internships that offer experiences and mentorships that help create pathways to fulfilling careers,” said Joshua Arce, Director of Workforce Development for the Office of Economic and Workforce Development.

About the Office of Economic and Workforce Development (OEWD)

The Office of Economic and Workforce Development's (OEWD) mission is simple – to create shared prosperity in San Francisco. OEWD provides city-wide leadership for workforce development, business attraction and retention, neighborhood commercial revitalization, international business and development planning. For more information, go to:

About Jewish Vocational Services (JVS)

JVS (Jewish Vocational Service) transforms lives by helping people build in-demand skills, make connections and find good, living wage jobs on a career pathway. For more information, go to:

About Dev Mission

Dev Mission aims to train untapped young adults ages 16-24 for careers in technology; so we can build wealth and prosperity in our local diverse communities. For more information, go to:
About City College of San Francisco

City College of San Francisco provides educational programs and services that promote student achievement and life-long learning to meet the needs of our diverse community. CCSF’s primary mission is to provide programs and services leading to transfer to baccalaureate institutions, Associate Degrees in Arts and Sciences, certificates and career skills needed for success in the workplace, and basic skills, including learning English as a Second Language and Transitional Studies.

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