zSystems Apprenticeship Program


The application period for this apprenticeship program is presently closed. Please stay tuned for upcoming opportunities! If you have further questions, please email grow@seiu1000.org

SEIU Local 1000 is currently recruiting candidates for our second cohort of the zSystems Apprenticeship Program. The zSystems Apprenticeship Program is offered jointly by SEIU Local 1000, California Department of Human Resources (CalHR) and American River College (ARC). This program implements IBM derived curriculum and is designed to provide state employees, who meet specific criteria, with mainframe technology education, skills, and experience.

This opportunity is being offered to members working for the departments listed below. Also listed below are the occupations and locations of each corresponding opportunity.

  • California Department of Technology (CDT) – Mainframe System Administrator; Sacramento
  • Franchise Tax Board (FTB) – Mainframe System Administrator; Sacramento

If selected, apprentices enter a training and development assignment in an IT position for a period of up to two years.  During this time, they receive on-the-job training within their current department and related instruction derived from IBM’s gold standard curriculum and framework, delivered by ARC, to train apprentices in occupations such as mainframe system administrator, application development specialist, and software engineer.  At the conclusion of the program, apprentices will meet the minimum qualifications to promote into an IT classification!

How to apply:

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In order to apply, you must complete and submit either the electronic or printed application packet for the zSystems Apprenticeship Program Application no later than 8:00 a.m. on Monday, December 20, 2021. Interviews will be held this winter, and classes are scheduled to being as early as February 2022.

  1. Apply to American River College for the Spring 2022 semester.
  2. Complete and submit the zSystems Apprenticeship Application online or via mail. 

If you have questions, please email grow@seiu1000.org