Cayuse Shared Services is launching the second year of its Apprenticeship Program; an effort started in 2020 to support Tribal member college students as they work towards a degree and a career at Cayuse Holdings.
According to Cayuse Shared Services President Debra Croswell, the lead organizer of the Program, “We support our apprentices with a part-time paid job, financial support towards their education, mentorship, and the opportunity for a full-time career with Cayuse after they attain their degree.”
Croswell explained that the first apprentice started in October 2020, and the company is now focused on hiring another student for the program who would start in the fall of 2021. She said although pre-applications are accepted online year-round, those submitted by July 30 will be considered for the 2021-22 school year.
“We’re eager to talk with students who are leaning towards careers in business, compliance, facilities management, human resources, and information technology,” said Chris Schwartz, Organizational Development Director for Cayuse, who is coordinating the application process and reaching out to CTUIR college students with information about the opportunity.
“We’re accepting pre-applications now and plan to invite full applications and hold interviews this summer. Even if a student isn’t sure of their career path, we encourage them to pre-apply and open the conversation,” said Schwartz.
Students can learn more and express interest by answering a few questions in a pre-application at cayuseholdings.com. Croswell advised students to follow Cayuse’s social media channels for a series of short videos highlighting No’alani Malumaleumu, the first Cayuse Apprentice working towards a career in information technology while attending Blue Mountain Community College.
Cayuse Shared Services provides support services (information technology, facilities management, human resources, finance, compliance, marketing, etc.) for the rest of the Cayuse family of companies. Croswell says the apprenticeship program is currently focused on those types of careers, as well as business management. In the future, Cayuse hopes to expand the opportunity by adding the Cayuse commercial and government teams as hosts for additional apprentices.
Cayuse Holdings and its subsidiaries employ more than 375 people who are stationed around the United States and overseas. For more information, go to www.cayuseholdings.com. Cayuse Technologies started in 2006 as a strategic alliance between the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation and Accenture to create a US-based alternative to offshore delivery centers. Cayuse was expanded in 2018 by adding a holding company, which consists of 10 subsidiary companies, including Cayuse Technologies. Cayuse Holdings and its subsidiaries are enterprises of the CTUIR.