Let’s Make You
an Apprentice

So you’ve decided to dive into the tech industry, learn a whole new set of skills, and get paid for it — congrats! You’re one step closer to upleveling your career.

Below is everything you need to know about the application process for our Software Development Apprenticeship Program. We won’t lie: it’s extensive and requires commitment. But it’s because we want to discover talent from unexpected places (you’d be surprised how a non-techy background might help), along with what makes you you — and why a career in tech might be exactly what you need to thrive.

Kick Things Off

Applications for Techtonic’s first 2021 apprenticeship cohort are now closed. Please complete the interest card below and the system will notify you as soon as applications are open for the location you’ve selected. You can also follow our social media channels (LinkedIn, Facebook & Twitter) to get up to date information on the next Techtonic Apprenticeship in 2021.

    *Due to the coronavirus pandemic, all programs have gone remote. Each is still tied to a specific location in the event we’re able to move on-site. If you live outside of Colorado or Nebraska, please fill out the interest card and we’ll notify you when applications open for out-of-state candidates.

    The Process

    After you’ve filled out the interest card above, these are the
    steps to get you to that offer letter.

    1. Application

      They say the devil is in the details, so show us your resume and answer questions that shine a light on your tech background. (Again, it’s fine if you have none!)

    2. Assessment

      Answer a variety of behavioral science Qs to give us a peek into how you react, communicate, and lead during stressful situations or in diverse environments.

    3. Pre-Work

      Don’t freak if you’ve never coded — our step-by-step instrux hold your hand through it.

    4. Tech Evaluations

      Take on a few assignments and tests — like building a webpage — to show your range and demonstrate just how passionate you are about getting into the industry.

    5. Phone Interview

      Talking on the phone is the worst, but it’s a solid way to learn more about the actual human you are. It’s also when we’ll go through the program requirements and answer any questions you have. (Psst: some may be answered on our For Apprentices page or in the FAQ below.)

    6. Virtual Technical Interview

      You’re almost there! It’s time to see you in action, demonstrating you know the why (not just the how) behind the work you’ll do as a software developer.

    7. Background Checks + Offers

      The final, super official step: background checks and drugs screens. Assuming those clear, you can expect an official offer letter in your inbox. Woohoo!

    All Sound Good?

    Don’t wait any longer — get that interest card in our inboxes today.

    Frequently Asked Questions


    What if I don’t have any experience coding? Can I still get in?

    Yes! We accept applicants with or without prior technical experience. That said, all applicants have to complete a pretty stringent screening process so keen tech instincts — paired with critical thinking, problem-solving skills and good old hard work — will get you far.

    Is this the same as coding bootcamp?

    Not quite. There are a few key differentiators that, not to toot our own horn, make us BETTER than a bootcamp. First and foremost - your 12 weeks of classroom training in software development is free (take that, bootcamps!). That's right! If you are accepted into the program the training is FREE! Second, after you complete the classroom training you get paid to learn your new trade as you move to the dev floor for your hands-on experience coding for real clients. (Bootcamps, drop and give me 20!) Finally, you’ll be mentored by our team of senior software developers along the way, helping you gain all the technical and professional skills you’ll need for a successful career in tech.

    Can I participate remotely?

    Due to COVID-19, we’ve taken our tech apprenticeship virtual for the foreseeable future. However, each cohort will be tied to a location, and in the event we’re able to move on-site this may require participants to come to a Techtonic office. Because it will be nice to see your smiling face someday!

    Do I need to be a resident of the state tied to a cohort in order to apply?

    Possibly, as you may need to be available for on-site work, depending on the future implications of the coronavirus pandemic. Regardless, you must be legally eligible to work in the U.S. for any employer without sponsorship prior to joining the apprenticeship.

    If I’m accepted into a cohort, do you provide housing or relocation assistance?

    We do not. Accepted apprentices do not receive any relocation assistance.

    Do I get paid to participate?

    You bet you do. After you complete the classroom training (which is FREE, did we mention that? Oh yeah, we did!), we pay our apprentices above minimum wage while they’re working on client projects. Not to mention there are opportunities for a raise, depending on your effort, productivity, and dedication to developing software. It’s a full-time job requiring your full-time attention, and we treat it as such.

    Do I receive any college credit for completing the Apprenticeship?

    Our apprenticeship curriculum has been approved by the Colorado Community College System. Apprentices participating in 2021 cohorts can receive up to 39 college credits that are transferable within the Colorado community college system once they complete the apprenticeship.

    I’m a Veteran with GI Bill Benefits — can I leverage these if I’m accepted?

    Yes. Techtonic’s Software Development Apprenticeship Program has been approved by the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs for Veterans using their VA education benefits, including the Post-9/11 GI Bill. While enrolled, you can use your GI Bill benefit and receive a tax-free stipend.

    What does the application process entail?

    Scroll on up to the top of this page for a high-level overview of what you can expect along the way.

    I filled out the contact form or emailed for extra information. I haven’t heard back — what gives?

    Woohoo! We’re so glad you’re interested in the Apprenticeship program. Response times may take up to 1-2 weeks, so we do ask for a little patience. You will hear from us, though!

    OK, I applied! Am I in?

    If only it were that easy. We typically receive around 300 applications for every 20-person cohort — so make sure you apply early and make yourself stand out!

    How long is the selection process?

    It can take about 4-6 weeks, but the average is somewhere around 5 weeks. It’s all about that patience and commitment!

    What happens after I complete my Apprenticeship?

    First, you’ll receive a Department of Labor-issued Certificate of Completion. (Get ready to hang that baby on your wall!) From there, some apprentices may be hired directly by our clients, while others become part of the Techtonic team or move on to other opportunities. (Casual FYI: 85% of our graduates currently have IT jobs, with an average wage increase of 130%!)

    Bummer, I didn’t get in. Can I reapply?

    Don’t lose hope! There are a whole host of reasons behind why you may not have been accepted for a particular cohort. If you want to try again, we say go for it — you never know where it might lead.