M&T Bank launches a local technical training program


The world of technology is great, especially if you in it. Yes, the world is your bone, because the field of technology will always evolve, which means your future is relatively secure.

They said the tech industry isn’t something you just wake up one day and say, “I want to go for a tech job”.

In Buffalo, this creates a problem. Why? Because companies like M&T Bank are investing and growing, while bringing new technology jobs to the table. But to get a technological job, you need to have a little training. So where does one go to get this training?

To address this issue, M&T Bank, in partnership with IBM, the Franklin Apprenticeships, and the Urban Institute, launched the Z Development Program (ZDP) initiative, which is considered “the first IT infrastructure program for employers across the country”.

With the initiative of the IBM Z corporate platform, the ZDP initiative will develop primary-level technologies that will enable the most important and key banking platforms in the world. IBM Z and connecting community members with demand-driven skills in technology.

This is menfrastructure app program built by IBM “counts”New corner”A workforce program designed to attract and train IBM Z talent will help technology companies improve the source of talent from unused pools. Ultimately, this Mainframe Apprentice will help potential job applicants abnormal backgrounds and unstable communities to replace the technological position, otherwise they are unable to access and possibly fill.

“The ZDP initiative removes barriers to accessing the skills needed to reward positions in the technology industry,” said Mike Wisler, Information Director of M&T Bank. “At the launch of this local apprenticeship program, we will help solve problems in our industry by providing opportunities for people within the Buffalo community. Together with other components of our Tech Academy program, we support our region’s collective efforts to create a diverse technology workforce. will promote innovation and inclusive development. ”

“In the age of hybrid clouds, investing in IBM Z’s skills in key areas such as sustainability, security, flexibility and application modernization is an important component of digital transformation,” said Mered Stowell, VP, IBM Z Ecosystem. “The program creates a scalable model that simplifies apprenticeship for small and large employers across the country who are ready to hire, and provides more opportunities for Americans of all nationalities to develop the IT skills that businesses need. bring. “

This new initiative is part of a broader call to address it coverage and diversity in the technological workforce. Plus, it doesn’t just speak for itself – M&T is pushing for a 2021 program, citing the admission of 10 ZDP students who have been certified by the Department of Labor (DOL).

The two-year ZDP Curriculum and Discipleship Program includes:

  • Pre-election training: Three months of pre-apprenticeship training takes place before recruiting candidates to provide a technology base and digital skills and to introduce the development of the center and other specialized technology areas.
  • Formal Apprenticeship: The official 12-month registered DOL apprenticeship program provides more than 1,000 hours of on-the-job training and more than 300 hours of virtual classroom instruction.
  • Continuing Education and Professional Development: Over the last 12 months of the program, ZDP participants will take courses through the M&T Training and Development Center and the Tech Academy and receive more on-the-job training.
  • Students are paid during the program, and tuition and education costs are covered by federal grants provided by IBM.

“In a historically blue city like Buffalo, creating affordable ways for new jobs can create inclusiveness and diversity in New York’s Western technology ecosystem,” said Glenn Jackson, Director of Diversity Reports. “Many of these jobs do not require formal education or traditional professional experience. Instead, candidates can learn the skills they need through on-the-job training, technical training, or apprenticeships. For example, our ZDP initiative will equip students with enterprise computer skills that are extremely important to the bank, but extremely scarce across the country. This will help open doors for technological careers for people who have previously been left behind. “

The ZDP initiative is part of M&T plans in Buffalo grows significantly through its new Tech Hub at Seneca One, at the start of Tech Academy during the first half of 2021

Now the involvement in pre-discipleship training continues. Applicants who want to become a ZDP student can get more information and apply at the following address: franklinapprenticeships.com

Leading image: Photo by Christina @ wocintechchat.com


Newell Nussbaumer is the ‘queenseyes’ – Queen City Eyes and the founder of Buffalo Rising. Co-founder of the Elmwood Avenue Arts Festival. Co-founder of the Powder Keg Festival, which created the world’s largest ice beet (Guinness Book of Records). The performer is behind the emerald beach in the Marina Erie Basin. Flurrious together! winter festival. Co-creator of Rusty Chain Beer. The provocateur is behind Saturday’s Artisan Market (SAM) at Canalside, Buffalo Porchfest and Paint vs. Paint. Founder of the retro and vintage market The Peddler in Elmwood. The provocateur behind Liberty Hound @ Canalside. Throws the magic ball to Statler City, the Hertel Street Art Festival, and Fletterby.

Contact Newell Nussbaumer | Newell@BuffaloRising.com

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