By now you know we have a deep love for education. That’s the reason we offer paid apprenticeships—that, and because we love what we do and we genuinely care about the future of the web. Here’s your chance to join in on the fun—apply for our next Frontend Design Apprenticeship!
As a Sparkbox frontend design apprentice, you’ll spend four months with our team, learning the skills needed to be a web designer in today’s quickly changing responsive web world. You’ll start by learning to write semantic HTML and CSS and quickly progress to working on projects where you create wireframes and interface design. We’ll guide you through the iterative design process, point out things to keep in mind, and help you arrive at a compelling visual concept. During that process, you’ll learn to code your concepts like a pro, using Sass to help write, manage, and compile your CSS.
By the end of your apprenticeship, you’ll have the skills to function as a full-fledged frontend designer. You’ll also have a couple projects behind you and the knowledge to tackle what’s next.
April 17, 2017 - Applications Open
April 30, 2017 - Last Day to Apply
May 1 through May 12, 2017 - Interviews
May 19, 2017 - Finalists Notified
June 1 through September 29, 2017 - Frontend Apprenticeship
What We’re Looking For
Each year, we receive questions about the kind of person who makes a great apprentice. We want to be clear about what we are looking for, so please continue reading how we will make decisions for the 2017 frontend design apprenticeship.
Through quite a bit of introspection and a lot of reading, we have learned over the past few years that we can always do more to create an inclusive environment—both in our industry and in our team. Sparkbox has been evolving our benefits, such as adding options to better support working moms and dads, and we’ve been working to build a team where we acknowledge our own faults, make all feel welcome, and humbly help each other grow.
One way we can grow is by including more teammates who challenge our worldviews and ways of thinking. To this end, we give you the opportunity on the application to share how you will bring a diverse perspective to the apprenticeship. This will be a key consideration in our review process.
We receive a good number of applications for each apprenticeship. The folks who make it to the final round all have a tremendous hunger to learn, and they back it up with their own experimentation. To be successful in a career doing web stuff, you have to be continually learning—you have to be hungry for knowledge.
Having a strong desire for knowledge is one thing—being willing to hear authentic, constructive criticism (and do something about it) is another. This is a learning role. You have to be willing to check your ego at the door and do what it takes to improve. This is a characteristic we expect of all Sparkboxers, and if you make it into the apprenticeship, you’ll see that we learn as much from you as you do from us.
Are You Ready?
We take this stuff seriously, and we ask that you do the same. Take a hard look at yourself to determine if you’re a good fit. There are many great apprenticeships out there, even if this one is not for you.
Grab all the details on the apprenticeship site, and submit your application for the 2017 Frontend Design Apprenticeship soon—last day for applications is April 30th!