Can you think critically? Do you like solving problems? Can you learn fast and still be ok receiving criticism when you’re wrong? Our apprenticeship programs are providing an opportunity for unemployed and underemployed individuals with an emphasis on increasing the opportunity for youth, women, minorities, and Veterans to enter the information technology workforce.

We are the administrators over the enrollment process for the District of Columbia, Maryland, Michigan, and North Carolina State-approved apprenticeship programs.

SW Design School LLC is an approved VA Apprenticeship and OJT training provider for Veterans in ALL Military Branches.


Optional Step One – We offer a pre-Apprenticeship training class for individuals who are ready to take the first step to begin a career as a Web Developer and or Graphic Designer but can’t meet the pre-work requirements to qualify. The course is an 8-week ONLINE instructor-led class and 2-week hands-on job shadowing training.

Students will learn:

  • basic coding literacy (how coding works, fundamental computational thinking, logic structures, and more)
  • how to gain familiarity with the most common coding languages
  • how to develop soft skills
  • career readiness training to work in a web development environment.

The Apprenticeship sponsors created these classes or (pre-apprenticeship courses) to help get you ready for their Apprenticeship program or wherever you want to go next in life.

The cost of the pre-Apprenticeship Training class is $4,000. It’s called STEM Instructor Training. Pre-Apprenticeship training grants are available through the VA’s Office, Federal, State, and County agencies that could fund up to 100% of the cost of the class to those who qualify. Upon completion, we guarantee placement for our certified STEM Instructor.

– Basic HTML
– Basic CSS
– Job Shadowing
– Intro to Graphic Design

March 29, 2021 – May 21, 2021
June 14, 2021 – August 06, 2021
August 30, 2021 – October 22, 2021
November 15, 2021 – January 10, 2022

If you have the experience, we can hire you DIRECTLY as a journey worker.

A Computer Programmer Journey worker starting pay is: $25 per hour and the Apprentice Wage Progression  Schedule is as follows


Number of
required hours
Rate Increase

Rate Increase

1st 0-1,000 $13.50 50%
2nd 1,001-2,000 $15.00 60%
3rd 2,001-3,000 $17.50 70%
4th 3,001-4,000 $20.00 80%

Step Two- Create an account on our secured portal AFTER you watch the ONLINE orientation. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR THE ON-DEMAND ORIENTATION. Make sure you upload your resume and include any links to projects you’ve completed for other employers. Communicate with your enrollment specialist in the secured chat feature of the portal.  We will NOT contact you if you are not selected. You will receive an employment determination letter in the encrypted portal.

Step Three – Once selected…Each apprentice will work at a sponsor’s/ partnering employer’s location and they’ll be paired up with a journey worker of mid-and senior-level staff.


What if I don’t have any experience coding? Can I still get into the program? Obviously, some experience with technical skills will help, but even if you’re new to web development, you can be part of our program. The application process requires pre-work, which will help us determine the applicants we want – hard work, critical thinking, and problem-solving will get you far.

I created the account. Am I accepted? NO. Please watch the ON-DEMAND ORIENTATION. This will clarify many of your questions.

Will I be compensated during this apprenticeship? Fair is fair, right? We pay our apprentices above minimum wage while they’re learning and working on our clients’ projects. There are opportunities for raises according to the wage progression schedule listed above and how dedicated you are to. It’s a full-time job requiring your full-time attention.

What percentage of students qualify for financial aid and scholarships? Unlike most web development boot camps, we pay you to be part of our apprenticeship program so we don’t offer financial aid. We’re looking for people with dedication and passion – not the biggest check. You may want to connect with your local Career OneStop to assist in funding the Apprenticeship STEM Instructor Training Class IF you lack STEM skills.

How long is the selection process? It varies on your skillset.

What happens to people when they finish the apprenticeship? That depends on the person, their commitment, and the employer partner. After completion of an apprenticeship program, the apprentice earns a nationally-recognized credential from the State Office of Apprenticeship and Training  Office of Workforce Development Department of Labor, Licensing & Regulation that is portable and stackable. This means that other employers in that industry will recognize its value and that the apprentice can build on its foundation to further his or her knowledge and education. SW Design School is a Non-Joint Committee Apprenticeship program–meaning, some apprentices get hired directly by our partnering employers and work for them, and some apprentices become part of the SW Design School Sponsors team. Our Sponsors are working on expanding its apprenticeship program to Nevada, Texas, and Virginia.

To learn more about the Apprenticeship STEM Instructor Training Class and Pre-Apprenticeship Program, make sure you register for our Webinar by clicking here. The webinar is ON-DEMAND.

Once you finish watching the webinar, you can get started by clicking on the scrolling “RED” Click To Start Enrollment Process to your “RIGHT” or at the “BOTTOM” of the screen if you are on a mobile device.