Twitter opens engineering apprenticeship to more women, minorities

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Twitter wants to more women and minorities to join its data science and engineering teams. A job listing suggests that the company wants to increase diversity in its workforce.

“The Twitter Engineering Apprenticeship Program is an opportunity for folks from non-traditional tech backgrounds to experience engineering at Twitter,” the company said.

“We believe the people who build Twitter should be representative of those that use the platform, this includes people from backgrounds that are historically underrepresented within tech such as women, black, Latinx, Native American, etc, just to name a few.”

Twitter has recently been in the hot seat for allowing racism, harassment, antisemitism and sexism.

Like other big tech firms, Twitter wants to develop products that appeal to the masses. Yet, it is scrambling to create a diverse technical staff.

According to Twitter’s June 2019 diversity report, its workforce consists of 41.2% women, 4.7% black employees and 4% Hispanic employees.

The technical team only consists of 21.3% women, 2.9% black employees and 3.3% Hispanics.

Twitter aims to boost female representation up to 43%, and black and Hispanics to 5% each.

The company said its new program will reflect the diverse voices that come to its platform daily.

As part of its engineering apprenticeship program, Twitter will roll out its new talent to the offices in San Francisco, New York and Boulder, Colorado.

The apprentices will rotate throughout Twitter’s technical teams for over a year, and work with full-time employment benefits.

They will help build Twitter for Android, iOS, or web, working on our backend systems, or on our Data Science team.

Program passers will graduate and join Twitter’s engineering team.

But the company is also accepting other applicants, not only women and minorities.

Twitter wants people from nontraditional backgrounds, such as caregivers, veterans returning to the workforce, or people with programming skills, either self-taught or well-educated.

“We know that great talent exists outside the traditional sourcing structures, and we need to do a better job of creating and fostering a sustainable pipeline of diverse talent. This is one step we’re taking to do our part,” said Twitter.

“Through this program, we hope to grow our technical workforce of next-generation leaders from nontraditional backgrounds (coding bootcamps, self-taught coders, veterans, caregivers returning to the workforce, etc.) and those underrepresented in tech (women, black, Latin, Native American). Through our new apprenticeship program, participants will go through a one-year rotation program with full-time employment benefits. Upon completion of the program, they will graduate and join one of our engineering teams.”

If you see yourself in this engineering apprenticeship program, help Twitter make its platform better for people around the world.

“The program is designed for applicants with at least two years of any work experience and will provide hands-on experience, while pairing applicants with dedicated coaches and mentors to set you up for a successful career in engineering,” added Twitter.

If you are interested, applications are open until July 31, 2019.

You can apply here.


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Author: Francis Rey

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