Twitter takes on diversity problem with new engineering apprenticeship program for women and minorities

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KEY POINTS
  • Twitter on Wednesday announced an apprenticeship program designed to bring up-and-coming talent to its engineering and data science teams.
  • The program will bring on full-time employees who will rotate throughout Twitter’s technical teams for 12 months.
  • A company spokesperson tells CNBC that there are currently 16 open roles, “but we could imagine expanding the program in the future.”

Twitter on Wednesday announced an apprenticeship program designed to bring more women and minorities into its engineering and data science teams, as the company attempts to improve diversity among its technical staff.

“The Twitter Engineering Apprenticeship Program is an opportunity for folks from non-traditional tech backgrounds to experience engineering at Twitter,” the company said in one job listing for the program. “We believe the people who build Twitter should be representative of those that use the platform, this includes people from backgrounds that are historically underrepresented within tech such as women, black, Latinx, Native American, etc, just to name a few.”

Over the past few years, Twitter has come under criticism for enabling harassment, including racism, sexism and anti-Semitism, on its platform. Like other big tech companies, Twitter is trying to create products for the masses but has struggled to develop a diverse employee base.

Twitter’s workforce stands at 41.2% women, 4.7% black employees and 4% Hispanic employees, while its technical ranks consist of 21.3% women, 2.9% black employees and 3.3% Hispanics, according to the company’s June 2019 diversity report. The company says its goal is to boost female representation to 43%, and lift black and Hispanic representation to 5% each. (read more)

 

 

 

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