Salesforce to train 500 apprentices in Indy by 2020

Salesforce Inc. plans to train 500 Hoosier apprentices in software technology by 2020, a move the company said will enable people to begin new careers in technology.

The company—which made the announcement Saturday before afternoon festivities marking the grand opening of Salesforce Tower Indianapolis—said it will expand a training program it already uses in other cities to Indianapolis.

The apprenticeships will provide hands-on training to help develop the workforce of tomorrow, Salesforce said. The company said in other cities, the program has helped urban youth, refugees and adults with disabilities "transition to the digital economy where we specialize."

"Each year, we welcome hundreds of apprentices at our Salesforce offices around the world," Salesforce said on its website, "introducing them to new skills, training, and mentors, all while working on real projects that affect how our business runs."

The apprenticeships are part of the company's "FutureForce" initiative, which involves K-12 STEM education, college student engagement and free self-paced training in Salesforce software.

Details weren't immediately available about the structure of the apprenticeship program, including how many weeks it will last and when it will commence. 

The grand opening of Salesforce Tower comes just more than a year after Salesforce announced that it would add 800 jobs in Indiana and place its logo at the top of the state's tallest building, formerly known as Chase Tower.

At the time, the company had about 1,400 employees in Indiana; today it has more than 1,600, officials said. Worldwide, the company has 26,000 employees.

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