Season 2

Episode 1: What Did We Learn?

In this first episode of our 8 part series, Mark Sylvester leads Michael Specchierla, Luke Wallace and Paula Fryer through a discussion on the past year of Apprenticeship with SLO Partners. You will hear success stories, learn about organizational growth and find out what the organization learned.

Episode 2: Social Proof

Hear from an Apprentice and Employer in this episode. Learn about the journey a person takes to become an apprentice and how an employer benefits from the program.

Episode 3: Tips and Tricks for Program Administrators

After three years of Apprenticeship planning, the team at SLO Partners discuss their insights to matchmaking, managing expectations, and building a successful program.

Episode 4: FAQs for Educators

How does your program get education management onboard? Hear from Amy Kardel, VP of Strategic Workforce Relationships at CompTIA.

Episode 5: FAQs for Businesses

Gain insight to how businesses obtain talent for current and future needs through nontraditional channels. Can bootcamps replace four-year degrees and how does apprenticeship affect team diversity?

Episode 6: The Case for Large Organizations

It’s important for large organizations understand that Apprenticeship is not just a social responsibility, but also a big return on investment.

Episode 7: The Case for Small Organizations

Talent can be a competitive advantage for small businesses. Apprenticeship offers a more flexible means to hiring Apprentices. Apprenticeship can be a secret weapon for the smaller business.

Episode 8: What’s Next for Apprenticeship?

This final episode discusses the future of Apprenticeship. With growing support, Apprenticeship is becoming more and more ingrained in the workforce. Hear about the success of SLO Partners and how your organization can adapt our model.

Season 1

Episode 1 – What is Hello Careers?

In this first episode of our 8-part series, Mark Sylvester leads Dan Weeks and Michael Specchierla through an in-depth discussion of the apprenticeship model and the successes they have found in administering their program. By the end of this episode, you can determine if this type of program is right for you and your area.


Episode 2 – Hello Careers Program Overview

In this episode, we give you a detailed look at what it means to administer an apprenticeship program in your area by covering; the program structure, communicating to your target audience, screening for applicants, and what to look for along the way.


Episode 3 – What are the Benefits of Hello Careers?

What are the needs of the business community? How do you get business buy-in? How do you market the program? All of these questions and more are addressed in this episode. We discuss the benefits of the apprenticeship model, as well as avoiding major obstacles.


Episode 4 – The Hello Careers Customer – Partnering with the Business Community

As in any relationship, there will be hurdles in cultivating strong business partnerships. In this episode, we go in-depth on how to effectively find, partner and communicate with local business leaders, as well as avoiding and overcoming common pitfalls.


Episode 5 – How a Continuing Education Program Helps Hello Careers

Where there is a skills gap there is an education gap. In this episode, we discuss the role of education in the Hello Careers model. Specifically, working with local school districts to build a sustainable program by cutting through the bureaucracy and implementing best practices.


Episode 6 – Role of the Public Policy Sector in the Hello Careers Program

Any program of this magnitude will only be successful with the support of the public. Building relationships with public officials is critical. In this episode, we discuss the role of the public sector, how they fit into the apprenticeship model and how to garner support.


Episode 7 – Administration – Effectively Managing the Hello Careers Program

In this episode, we come down from the 30,000-foot view to discuss the nuts and bolts of administering an apprenticeship program and how the program can be replicated in your area. We cover everything from grant management, to developing state and local partners.


Episode 8 – What’s Next? The Future of Hello Careers

In this final episode of the series, we talk about the Big Picture. Discussing everything from best practices and lessons learned, to envisioning the future of apprenticeship programs and creating sustainability.


Episode 9 – Listening to our Partners, Guest: Ty Safreno, CEO & CTO, Trust Automation

Recording Sound Engineer: Anthony Nunez
Post Production Sound Editing: Giovanni Espinoza

Episode 10 – Why Coding Bootcamps. Guest: Dean Mitchell, Lead Developer, StreamGuys

Recording Sound Engineer: Anthony Nunez
Post Production Sound Editing: Giovanni Espinoza

Episode 11 – How to Partner with Us. Guest: Peter Kardel, Co-Founder, Clever Ducks

Recording Sound Engineer: Anthony Nunez
Post Production Sound Editing: Giovanni Espinoza

Episode 12 – Central Coast Voices: How to Choose Your “Ticket Into Tech”