Frequently Asked Questions
Who Can Apply for Admission?
Anyone can apply to enroll in any program offered by Skillz Academy.
We recognize that a significant portion of America’s underemployed and unemployed talent are individuals from backgrounds that are historically underrepresented in tech, including minorities, women, and people without a four-year college degree. Our goal is to connect employers looking to hire a diverse workforce with well-trained sales and customer success candidates, while at the same time helping employees from underrepresented backgrounds grow and prosper in their roles and their companies.
After Skillz Academy, What Will I Do and Where Will I Work?
Skillz Academy will prepare you to work in a wide variety of companies in the technology sector, primarily in entry-level roles in sales, business development, account management, and customer success. After the completion of your training, you’ll get placed in a three-month apprenticeship with one of our employer partners. If you perform well during the apprenticeship you will then have the opportunity to earn a full-time salaried position with benefits.
How Much Does it Cost to Attend Skillz Academy?
The total cost to attend Skillz Academy is $9,150. However, most people qualify for scholarships provided by the Workforce Innovation Opportunity Act to help offset the cost.
We also offer income share agreements, meaning you pay nothing upfront and only pay for Skillz Academy after you’ve landed a job making a minimum of $40,000 per year. At that point, you pay us back via a reasonable monthly payment. Our team will help you determine the best way to pay for Skillz Academy, so you aren’t stressed about the cost.
What is the Time Commitment?
Our Software Sales Training program is an online program that is delivered synchronously, four days per week (Mondays through Thursdays) from 6 PM – 9:15 PM Central. In addition to class time during the week, there will be approximately 9 hours of homework to be completed during the weekends.
Fellows are required to attend class via video conference in a distraction-free environment, show up to class on time, and complete all assigned homework.
Is Your Program Virtual or In-Person?
Our 12-week training program will be delivered virtually via video conference. After successfully completing our training program, Fellows are enrolled in a paid three-month apprenticeship with our employer partners. Our employer partners have offices located throughout the United States, and as a result, the apprenticeships and full-time jobs that we offer will often be conducted virtually. However, it is possible that an employer partner will offer the opportunity for an in-person apprenticeship and/or full-time employment. In such cases, the Fellow has the choice to opt into the in-person offer.
Do you have a COVID-19 vaccination requirement?
While there is no mandatory vaccination requirement to enroll in our Software Sales Training Program, it is possible that our employer partners will require vaccination prior to enrolling in their apprenticeship program or receiving a full time job offer. Consequently, we strongly suggest that if you are not currently vaccinated, you become vaccinated prior to the completion of the Software Sales Training Program.
What is an Apprenticeship?
An apprenticeship is an opportunity to apply the knowledge that you acquired during our 12 week training program in a real world setting. You will be applying the skills that you learned during training in the actual job that you trained for. Our employer partners have agreed to provide you with 3 months of paid, on-the-job training, to assess how well you can sell and support the software products that they sell. In addition to learning while on the job, you will be paired with a mentor at the company where you work who can provide specific and targeted support when you need help in achieving goals or navigating the company’s culture. Upon conclusion of the apprenticeship, you will have the opportunity to earn a full-time, salaried job with benefits.
What Is My Compensation During My Apprenticeship?
During your apprenticeship, you will be paid at least $3000 per month. Please note that healthcare and benefits are not provided during the apprenticeship.
What Is My Compensation as a Full-Time Salesperson or Customer Success Representative?
We partner with employers that offer salaries of at least $40,000 per year. Traditionally, employees who work in sales, business development, account management and customer success have the opportunity to earn commission on top of their base salaries. In addition to salary and commission, all companies provide health and dental insurance as well as paid time off (PTO). Lastly, some companies may offer other benefits in the form of stock options, technology or wellness stipends, or professional development stipends.
Am I Guaranteed an Apprenticeship or a Job After I Graduate?
Our success is tied to your success. If you complete our training program, we will place you in a paid apprenticeship. However, the apprenticeship is your opportunity to show your ability to do the job for which you were trained. As such, we cannot guarantee that you will receive a full-time offer of employment after the apprenticeship is complete. However, your chances of getting a full-time offer after you complete the apprenticeship are high given that our training program and the apprenticeship offer six months to learn how to be an entry-level salesperson. In the event that you do not get a full-time offer after completing your apprenticeship, we will provide you with resume assistance, interview training sessions, and other forms of career services to ensure you are successful in your job search.