A pan­el ses­sion about the appli­ca­tion and impact of appren­tice­ship with­in tech companies

Apprenticeship panel

Livestreamed panel

As tech­nol­o­gy bleeds its way into every human inter­ac­tion and our web indus­try morphs into an Inter­net of Things, we’re faced with a prob­lem: how do we pre­pare new hires for work that is chang­ing right under our feet? Gov­ern­ments are scram­bling to close the skills gap, com­pa­nies can’t find and keep great tal­ent, and grad­u­ates are strug­gling to pay loan debt while work­ing for min­i­mum wage and search­ing for career oppor­tu­ni­ties that often exclude entry lev­el skills. Some­thing is broken.

Meet a pan­el of experts who have been imple­ment­ing anoth­er approach: appren­tice­ship. It’s an old con­cept with a new for­mat. The appren­tice­ship is back. Maybe it nev­er left.

Join us for a one-hour dis­cus­sion on the appli­ca­tion, for­mat, and impact of mod­ern day appren­tice­ships in tech. 


  • Fun­da­men­tals: appren­tice­ship for­mat, orga­ni­za­tion, and applications
  • Chal­lenge and perks to implementation
  • Clos­ing the skills gap in tech
  • Build­ing inclu­sive teams
  • Cre­at­ing a learn­ing organization
  • Indus­try trends and learn­ing standards

Meet your panelists

Photo credit: Grady Mitchell

Moderated by

Johnathon Vaughn Strebly

As a design director, mentor, educator, and advocate for creativity, Johnathon provides environments where innovative thinking is encouraged. Johnathon brings decades of experience and involvement in the applied arts, encouraging growth and change in creative industries. As Director of Creative Services of the HCMA +Design team, he both challenges and contributes to the contemporary fabric of design today, and tomorrow.

He is the current president of the Graphic Designers of Canada, GDC National Ethics Chair, and past president of Canadian Association of Professional Image Creators (CAPIC ) Vancouver. He is also a founding committee member of CreativeMornings Vancouver and Interesting Vancouver.

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