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Software Developer Apprenticeship

Locations: Hiring Remotely within the continental US (hub cities are: Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, Austin, Madison)

Take the first step to prepare for a career as a software developer at 8th Light.

About Us

Do you want an opportunity to work with top companies solving interesting business challenges through technology? Do you want a job where you will face new challenges every single day and have continual opportunities to learn and teach while being surrounded by enthusiastic and energizing coworkers? Do you want to work in a supportive environment where curiosity is rewarded? Then talk to us!

As an employee-owned software consultancy, we consider software development a craft. Our team of expert developers and designers hold the title of "Crafter" to reflect our dedication to quality, our emphasis on continual learning, and our belief that software is truly a craft—something that we take pride in, and value highly. We value colleagues who enjoy learning and teaching, which creates our collaborative organization.

About Our Paid Apprenticeship

We know that getting that first software job can be tough.  Many organizations require you to have years of experience or a computer science degree for that first role. At 8th Light, we invest in people even if you haven’t had the chance yet to extensively demonstrate and grow your software skills.

Our paid apprenticeship is a focused period of learning centered around becoming a disciplined, skilled, well-rounded software crafter capable of delivering high-quality software and consulting to our clients.

Under the guidance of a team of experienced mentors, apprentices will embark on a process designed to hone their programming, client service, collaboration, leadership and communication skills. They learn on their own while committing to, and completing a variety of projects in different languages. They learn to lead by example, provide and receive honest feedback and answer the questions a client might not ask.

Towards the end of the apprenticeship, apprentices spend time shadowing and pairing with 8th Light crafters on client projects. The apprenticeship ends with a demonstration of their work that is evaluated by a review board of 8th Light crafters.

Applicants

You've built software before, maybe not in a professional setting, but you’re an avid learner and are highly driven to improve your skills. Successful applicants generally have:

  • An understanding of at least one programming language.
  • A basic understanding of Test-Driven Development.
  • Professional working experience (not necessarily in software).
Expectations of a Crafter 

Upon successful completion of your apprenticeship, you'll join 8th Light's team of developers and designers as a Crafter. In this role, you will:

  • Pair and collaborate with teammates to deliver quality software.
  • Mentor apprentices and client employees based on 8th Light best practices.
  • Work with clients to report progress and plan future projects.
About 8th Light

We recognize that creating a truly diverse, equitable, and inclusive organization is an ongoing journey, and we’re excited to share our journey with you. We have a proud tradition of hiring talented colleagues with unusual career experiences. We're more interested in your experiences, your story and their resulting impact than recognized schools, degrees, or keywords that may appear on your resume. 

8th Light is a remote-friendly organization.

8th Light is committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, gender identity, or Veteran status.

Our Timeline

We are currently hiring for a cohort who will start their apprenticeships in February 2022 through April 2022. Here’s the timeline you can expect with our hiring process.

Applications Close- Monday Dec 6, 2021

Selected Video/ Virtual Screens Begin-  Monday Dec 6, 2021 through Thursday Dec 16, 2021

Take Home Technical Assessment- Friday December 17, 2021 

Virtual interviews (Pairing and Non Technical Interview)- Monday January 10, 2022

Offers complete- Monday January 31, 2022

Apprenticeship begins- mid/end February 2022

Virtual Welcome Week - March 2022

Next Cohort Applications begins - June 2022 for start dates in August- October 2022

 
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Technology we use

  • Engineering
    • .NETLanguages
    • AWS (Amazon Web Services)Languages
    • C#Languages
    • GolangLanguages
    • JavaLanguages
    • JavascriptLanguages
    • KotlinLanguages
    • PythonLanguages
    • RubyLanguages
    • SqlLanguages
    • SwiftLanguages
    • TypeScriptLanguages
    • jQueryLibraries
    • ParseLibraries
    • ReactLibraries
    • ReduxLibraries
    • AngularJSFrameworks
    • ASP.NETFrameworks
    • LaravelFrameworks
    • Node.jsFrameworks
    • Ruby on RailsFrameworks
    • SpringFrameworks
    • Vue.jsFrameworks
    • Google CloudFrameworks
    • CassandraDatabases
    • MongoDBDatabases
    • MySQLDatabases
    • OracleDatabases
    • PostgreSQLDatabases
    • TeradataDatabases

Location

25 East Washington, Chicago, IL 60602

An Insider's view of 8th Light, Inc.

How has your career grown since starting at the company?

When I shifted careers to software crafting at 8th Light I was given the opportunity to build something tangible. I completed the six-month apprenticeship that gave me the basic skill set to become an effective consultant. Since then I've been exposed to multiple technologies and experiences that have catalyzed my development and consulting skills.

Charles

Software Crafter

What are 8th Light, Inc. Perks + Benefits

8th Light, Inc. Benefits Overview

8th Light has a comprehensive benefits and total compensation package that is flexible and customizable as per your family/ life/ personal circumstances. We are supportive of family friendly flexibility which includes perks and offerings such as an extensive parental leave program which covers (4 paid months- time off). Our benefits and perks also re-enforce our values of Humanity, Education and Ownership- with options to purchase stock, Learning and Development stipends with paid time allocated to growth and continuous learning, additionally a popular donation matching program.

Culture
Volunteer in local community
8th Light offers a company day of service. Team members elect to participate in support of various charities, foundations and non-profits regionally and locally, such as Code First Girls, Code Platoon
Partners with Nonprofits
We partner with Code Bootcamps to provide opportunities to career changers and self taught software developers to deepen their knowledge base and gain experience through our world class Apprenticeship
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
Community, Connections and Collaboration work group and our Career Pathing work group.
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Pair programming
Diversity
Documented equal pay policy
Highly diverse management team
Women in executive level positions, including the Co-CEO. women and POCs on the 8th Light executive board and throughout the company.
Unconscious bias training
Led by the Director of Training and Development, unconscious bias training is a quintessential component of the 8th Light Interview Process.
Diversity Employee Resource Groups
There are internal networking communities including but not limited to a Persons of Color Channel and Woman Forums.
Hiring Practices that Promote Diversity
We partner with various diverse talent communities, broaden our scope of where we post, source and evaluate candidates. We prepare candidates for success with details on every step of the process.
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Through opt-in enrollment, our plans offer Heath Care, Dependent, and Commuter Reimbursement.
Disability Insurance
8th Light offers company-paid both short-term and long-term disability benefits.
Dental Benefits
The Dental plan offered provides comprehensive dental coverage with low, predictable costs. 100% of coverage for preventative services, including x-rays. Child orthodontia coverage available as well.
Vision Benefits
100% coverage for eye exams and lenses after $35 dollar copay-- with a $130 allowance for frames per year. 20% discount offered on balance for frames at participating providers.
Health Insurance Benefits
8th Light offers four unique options for comprehensive medical coverage to support you and your family. In addition to MD Live, a service offering included in all BCBS plans at 8th Light.
Life Insurance
Employer paid coverage of up to $50,000 with the option to increase coverage at a low-expense.
Pet Insurance
Pet's veterinary services are covered with 90% reimbursement. Open to all ages. Includes spay/neuter, hereditary, Rx therapeutic diets, dental and more. Provided at low cost through Nationwide.
Wellness Programs
Annual budget for personal wellness to be used on: massages, gym/fitness memberships, equipment and more.
Mental Health Benefits
In addition to comprehensive mental health coverage through medical plans, 8th Light offers EAP services at no cost to employees. Unlimited telephone consultations, and up to 3 in-person sessions/ yr.
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
401(K) Matching
Eligible 60 days following employment. 8th Light will match 100% up to the first 4% employees contribute.
Company Equity
Over 40% of organization are employee owners. Employees will have the option to purchase shares of the organization. Employee owners will receive quarterly payouts based on organization's performance.
Match charitable contributions
8th Light will match up to $250 per calendar year for each employee’s contributions to a charitable organization.
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Available immediately upon employment. 8th Light covers 12 weeks of leave at 100% of salary.
Flexible Work Schedule
Remote Work Program
8th Light is 100% Remote. There are office spaces open for voluntary employee use. With state of the art issued office technology, not limited to MacOS Notebooks and 4K monitors for the home office.
Family Medical Leave
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Four weeks of paid time off with incremental increases based on tenure of employment. PTO can be used for vacation, personal, and sick time at the employees discretion.
Paid Volunteer Time
8 Hours per year.
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Can be used in addition to PTO.
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Some Meals Provided
Happy Hours
Pet Friendly
Fitness Subsidies
Employees are reimbursed $100 per year for health and wellness expenses.
Home Office Stipend for Remote Employees
New hires receive a $200 stipend for home office furniture. In addition to a state of the art work device (Apple Notebook) and 4K monitors, accessories, and more-- through partnership with FirstBase.
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
There is an annual $1,500 learning and development budget given each crafters, there are opportunities for educational expenses as well as conferences paid through 8th Light's partnership.
Lunch and learns
Cross functional training encouraged
Promote from within
Mentorship program
Employees are assigned mentors at the start of employment to guide them throughout their career journey and assist them in getting acclimated into the culture at 8th Light!
Continuing Education stipend
All employees are awarded an annual $1,500 stipend for learning and development expenses. This can be used on: classes, software subscriptions, conference travel, etc.
Time allotted for learning
Based upon role, employees are given time allotments to focus on non-project based learning.
Online course subscriptions available
Customized development tracks
Paid industry certifications
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