Enstitute is a non-profit, apprenticeship-based, educational experience that turns startups & small businesses into classrooms.
Enstitute works to provide Millennials with the entrepreneurial skills, competencies, and professional networks they need to have successful careers in high-growth industries.
Enstitute’s vision is to create a competitive, affordable, and scalable model of apprenticeship based higher education to: (1) equip Millennials with 21st century skills they need for 21st century careers, (2) maximize our human capital potential and combat high youth unemployment and (3) foster entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial thinking, globally.
Path to Success:
Studies of large scale German apprenticeship programs show that full-time apprenticeships have a 90% completion rate and that 78% of graduated apprentices are hired into full-time employment post completion of their apprenticeships. It is these apprenticeship programs that are credited for Germany having the lowest youth unemployment in the world.
According to recent graduation rates, 48%, or 10 million, of the 21 million students currently enrolled in undergraduate college will not graduate with a degree in six years. Enstitute has set out to reach 5% of non-degree-completing students.
Enstitute will graduate 500,000 students in high growth fields, leading 390,000 young people to successful careers by 2025.
Enstitute is a two-year apprenticeship program that provides an alternative or supplemental path to traditional post secondary education. Enstitute fellows get real world experience while learning the valuable skills they need to be competitive in a 21st century economy.
Built off a “learn by doing” philosophy, fellows work 40 hours a week under entrepreneurs learning skills and developing competencies to make them valuable in the work force. Year one provides a high level overview of business (consisting of marketing, sales, business development, operations, hr, and/or business administration), technology (consisting of front-end development, back-end development, system architecture, IT, quality assurance, UI, UX), and design. In year two, fellows “pick a major” in a specific functional area to deeply develop skills, competencies, and networks that increase their value to future employers.
Apprenticeships are supplemented by a robust, blended curriculum of online and offline coursework, that focuses on skill and knowledge attainment along with competency development. Much of the content and structure is built through partnerships with leading educational experts and innovators. The Enstitute curriculum is modularized to emphasize contextual learning to provide fellows with an individualized development plan to maximize their growth. Upon graduation, certification will be provided that encompasses a detailed overview of material completed.
In two years, Fellows build and manage a digital portfolio that highlights what they’ve done while also demonstrate skills developed. Each digital portfolio includes a demonstration of work completed during the apprenticeships as well as recommendations from bosses, colleagues, peers, and the Enstitute community and administration.
Industries of Study
Enstitute offers apprenticeships across three industry areas. In the second round of the application process, candidates will be asked to select the industry they prefer to learn in as well as rank entrepreneurs from that industry for whom they most want to apprentice under. The full list of entrepreneurs will be released on February 4th, 2013.
Both business and consumer facing, the technology startups accepting applications in this round are focused in the following areas: video, big data, e-commerce, social networking, financial services, and advertising platforms & tools. While varied across companies, fellows have opportunities to learn business, technology, & design.
Digital Media & Advertising
New this round, fellows will be placed in digital media companies that focus on content creation, distribution, news, advertising, publishing, and marketing. While varied across companies, fellows have opportunities to learn creative, business, and technology.
New this round, fellows will be placed in leading non-profit and social good organizations that work on a range of international and domestic issues: education, water purification, technology, health, poverty, and many more. While varied across companies, fellows have opportunities to learn program operations & management and development.