TalentPath is a turnkey solution that helps companies hire and retain software engineers and product designers from the Black, Latinx and Women's community.

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TalentPath is a results-based program that helps you hire and retain talent from underrepresented groups. Less talk and more action.

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There's no talent pipeline problem. You just need to know where to look

At Treehouse, we needed to create a diverse, balanced team but we kept hiring individuals who looked like us. We spent over two years building a solution for ourselves, and it was so successful that we decided to turn it into a program other companies could install. Please meet TalentPath ...

We hold your hand the whole way

We use our four-part system to help you create a scalable, sustainable, high-quality talent pipeline from your local community, right into your company.

Don't just listen to us ...

“Treehouse is our secret weapon in the talent war. Our competitors have not been successful at recruiting our apprentices away from us and they’ve grown into some of our best talent.” 

- Eric Muntz, SVP Engineering, Mailchimp

Your custom, scalable hiring program

We help you build a complete program to recruit, hire and retain talent from underrepresented communities.

Create a diverse team

We're working with companies like Chegg, to connect them to amazing talent, right from their local community.

Working with companies like you

"We've never seen this before."

“TalentPath has brought us a connectivity to the local community that we've never seen before.” 

- Mike Mansbach, President, MINDBODY

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How many apprentices do we need to commit to as a company?
Five is the minimum apprentices that you need to commit to. This is because there is a lot of machinery and effort that we have to put into place to train those apprentices specifically for you. Also, part of what we're doing is helping you systematize this process so that it's repeatable.

If we had five apprentices start, how would we make sure that they were successful?
We collaborate with your team to deploy our thorough Apprenticeship Onboarding Playbook and run it with you. We meet with your apprentices, mentors and key stakeholders every week to help them through the process and support the team to success.

General Questions

How much does it cost?
Our program costs less than using a recruiter or relying on senior talent alone - and you can build repeatable process that grows diverse and balanced team.

Where do the apprentices come from?
We find the apprentices in your local community. We partner with national groups that have a presence in every major American city, such as Boys & Girls Clubs of America and Dress for Success, a non-profit focusing on empowering women. We work together to find people from underrepresented groups in your area who also have the potential to become developers.

We also work with several other groups that are specific to individual cities. These organizations trust us to find the best places for their people to work.

Do you just supply software engineers? What other job roles do you provide for?

  • Full Stack JavaScript, 

  • iOS, 

  • Python, 

  • Front End Development, 

  • UX Product Design

What if we don't want or need diversity, equity and inclusion training?
The organizations that we work with (Boys & Girls Clubs of America and Dress for Success) trust us to find safe and welcoming places for our apprentices to work. It's part of our promise to those organizations that we have given the apprentices the best start we can. We also find that retention is higher when you train your people in diversity, equity and inclusion.

How long does the process take?
Around 11 months from signing the contract to us delivering your trained apprentices. However, during that time we spend time training you in diversity, equity and inclusion (to help with retention) and fostering relationships between the apprentices and the mentors at your company who will be directing them when they start work.

How do we retain our new apprentices once they arrive?
We help you recruit and train mentors from your current team, to guide your new apprentices. We are also on hand to help guide you through this process We also recommend communicating to your whole company that you are investing in a new method of hiring that will help diversify your teams and make a better product for everyone. There will be weekly check-ins with our team to ensure your apprentices are doing what is required and progressing at the right pace.

How long does the apprenticeship last?
The apprenticeship lasts 3 months. For the first 3 months your apprentice is paid hourly (this should be at the MIT living wage rate found here: livingwage.mit.edu). After the  apprenticeship, the goal is to move successful apprentices into a salaried role which is the lowest developer role in your organization. Typically this is $55k+, but can depend on the hiring partner.

What is the success rate?
The percentage of apprentices that successfully transition from hourly pay to long-term roles is 80%+.

How do I get started?
Click the Get More Info button below to fill out an interest form, and we'll be in touch.