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

Apprenticeship panel

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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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