Microsoft Leap Apprenticeship Program
The Microsoft Leap Apprenticeship Program’s mission is to recruit, develop, and train
non-traditional talent for employability into the technology industry worldwide.
As the COVID-19 situation continues to evolve, the Microsoft Leap Apprenticeship Program is following Microsoft company guidance to make decisions about events and in-person learning. All cohorts in the United States will be virtual until further notice. Cohorts outside of the United States will be virtual or in-person based on local state and country guidance. Please note that people who have roles that are essential will be onsite. Please follow us on our Microsoft Leap Apprenticeship Program LinkedIn page for any upcoming cohort updates.
Forging new paths to tech careers
At Microsoft, we know there are many pathways into the technology industry and into our organization. We’re constantly looking for new ways to create unconventional entry points for talent and leverage the skills and experiences of talent from outside the traditional academic paths.
In 2015, we launched the Leap Program to introduce more people to work in the tech industry. The program offers an immersive 16-week apprenticeship for those who have a base foundation of technical training. This apprenticeship program combines in-classroom learning with hands-on engineering projects, working on real teams and real products within our organization such as Azure, Xbox, Bing, and Office365.
Leap participants are change catalysts and change multipliers: they bring a diverse set of personal experiences and cognitive abilities to their work as well as to their colleagues and communities at Microsoft. They play a vital role in advancing engineering processes, accelerating innovation and activating inclusion as a part of Microsoft culture.
Whether it’s a stay-at-home parent interested in re-entering the workforce or someone who is ready for a ‘second act,’ the stories from current and former participants are truly inspiring. Not only is Leap launching new cohorts across the country and the globe, but it’s also re-launching the lives of countless individuals looking to make an impact.
We value your experience.
We’re looking for candidates who are lifetime learners with broad professional experience to join the Leap Program. We seek individuals who demonstrate passion, resilience, and determination. At Microsoft, our mission is to empower every person and organization on the planet to achieve more. That’s what inspires us, drives our work, and pushes us to challenge the status quo every day.
Successful candidates will have graduated from a project/program management boot camp or from a coding academy. They will have at least 6 months of professional project management experience or professional software development experience.
Pathways toward your tech career
Applicants to Leap must select a pathway before applying. All participants in a cohort will be in the same pathway, which will impact the collection of classroom and project experience. The pathway you choose will largely influence your career —whether at Microsoft or elsewhere.
User Experience Design
As a User Experience (UX) Designer, you’ll work as a part of a team with experienced designers to develop software and hardware products that are simple and intuitive. You’ll learn a combination of research, prototyping, testing and cross-discipline collaboration.
As a Software Engineer, you’ll work as part of a development team to implement solutions on impactful projects. You’ll learn software engineering fundamentals and a variety of skills to enable you to work across the full stack of Microsoft products.
Software support professionals help locate, isolate, and troubleshoot some of the most difficult to find bugs, edge-cases, or workarounds. Because of their connection to customers, they are invaluable in helping program managers and UX designers create and deliver solutions.
Technical Program Management
As a Technical Program Manager (TPM), you’ll work as part of a development team to implement solutions on impactful projects. You’ll learn software engineering and program management fundamentals to enable you to work across the full stack of Microsoft products.
As a Customer Service Engineer (CSE), you’ll work on a team to build custom solutions for our customers that solve their unique challenges. You’ll learn how to extend or push products into new territory, create new ways of linking information and data, and learn how to solve problems.
Business Program Managers (BPM) align major components of many projects simultaneously by organizing the people and processes behind each individual project. They bring an overall organizational skill to the business channel while managing the processes and skills of those involved in product releases.
Microsoft Leap Case Study
Read how Microsoft Leap is unlocking high-tech career opportunities for talent with non-traditional backgrounds. Also hear Melissa’s story—a single mom and former casino dealer who found success after completing her apprenticeship.
Ready to Apply?
Be sure your application is complete before submitting.
Read through the entire application process to make sure things are in order and that you understand what is expected of applicants and participants. Performing Quality Assurance (QA) on your application is a good first step in pursuing a tech role!
Follow us on the Leap journey.
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