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Tech Talent Boost Washington FAQs - Participants
Tech Talent Boost Washington FAQs - Participants

Your questions about the Tech Talent Boost Washington Program

Updated over a week ago

What is Tech Talent Boost Washington (TTBW)?

Through Tech Talent Boost Washington Program (TTBW) students and recent alumni are granted the unique opportunity to engage in employer-led project-based internships as a pathway to job placement in the tech sector. Powered by Riipen, the leading work-based learning platform, TTBW supports Washington based employers to expand their hiring practices to test-drive talent and hire the best best-fit participants to join their team.

Why is TTBW important for participants?

TTBW allows students and recent alumni looking to explore the tech sector to benefit from paid work-based learning experiences through 40 hour internships. Participants are able to enhance and showcase their skills, form employer networks, and connect with long-term employment opportunities. Completed remotely over 4 weeks, employer projects provide authentic experience and support career clarity to pave the way for success in the dynamic job market.

How do I join TTBW?

TTBW is an exclusive program for students and recent graduates of North Seattle College’s North Seattle College’s BSc Application Development and BSc Computer Science programs. If you are interested in joining TTBW, you can contact your program lead. If successful and invited to an employer project, you can find out more on getting started in the Riipen platform here.

How many projects can I complete and how long are the projects?

Participants can only complete 1 TTBW project. Each project is 40 hours in length and can be completed over the course of 4 weeks.

What if my project timeline needs to change?

All TTBW projects must be completed over 4 weeks and in line with the cohorts below.

Cohort One: June 15 2024 - September 30 2024

Cohort Two: October 1 2024 - December 31 2024

Cohort Three: January 1 2025 - April 30 2025

Each participant is expected to contribute 40 hours to the project. A project timeline can be adjusted, as long it still meets those requirements and if both the employer and the participant team are in agreement to do so. To adjust the project timeline that is recorded on the Riipen platform, the employer can make a request from the settings page on the match. Instructions for how to do this can be found here. The TTBW team will review and approve new date change requests within 2 business days.

What other support is available during the program?

Participants will have support from the Technical Employment Program Manager (TEPM) at North Seattle College. They can provide assistance with:

  • Career planning and professional development related to this program

  • Navigation for other issues, including food security, housing, and healthcare via public partners

  • Assistance with obtaining needed devices and connectivity for remote work

Participants will be connected with the TEPM upon signing up and will have support via email, chat, and virtual on-demand appointments.

What should I upload as my final submission?

Final submissions may include multiple files. Your deliverables must include files of your work or a comprehensive written summary of the work completed, and a completed work log on the Riipen platform. Your final submission upload should demonstrate that 40 hours of work has been completed for the project. If our team is unable to ascertain that a good faith effort has been made to complete the project as defined by the employer we will have to follow up with yourself and the employer. This will cause your payment to be delayed.

Can employers reject project submissions?

Once you submit your final project submission, employers will have the chance to leave feedback on their experience working with you - both public (on your Riipen profile) and private feedback. They will also be asked to approve the deliverables, confirm that the project adhered to the TTBW Terms and Conditions, and that the project deliverables were completed within 40 hours per participant.

We encourage you to keep open lines of communication with the employer during the project to ensure you are both in agreement about the desired project outcomes.

The TTBW team will also review your final deliverables. If our team is unable to ascertain that a good faith effort has been made to complete the project as defined by the employer we will have to follow up with you and the employer. If 14 days have elapsed and the employer has not provided feedback, please reach out to the TTBW team. We will contact your employer again and if we do not hear back we will review your final deliverable on behalf of the employer.

How are participants paid? How long does it take?

Each participant will be paid for the project in the form of a stipend, with payments processed via Tipalti. You will submit your banking information when you join the program. Each participant is required to complete 40-hours of work and the program exit survey to receive their $1000 stipend.

TTBW operates on a 21 day payout period for participants completing TTBW projects. Your stipend will begin to be processed when the TTBW employer you worked with provides feedback on your project submission. If 14 days have elapsed and the TTBW employer has not provided feedback, please reach out to the TTBW team. We will contact your employer again and if we do not hear back we will review your final deliverable on behalf of the employer, which may cause your payment to be delayed. You can find further details about our payments process here.

What are the Terms and Conditions for the program and what is the three strike system?

In an effort to create a good TTBW experience for all parties, we have Terms and Conditions, which can be found here. Please take a moment to read through them. You will be asked to sign the T&Cs agreement before you can apply to an employer project. We've also created a three strike system. This means that if any TTBW user goes against the Terms and Conditions, they will receive a strike. You will be notified via e-mail when/if you've received a strike. If you receive three strikes, you will be removed from the program and will no longer be able to participate and receive a stipend.

What if I decide to quit a project halfway, will I be paid for half the work?

Unfortunately not. Participants will be paid once the project deliverables are submitted and exit survey is completed, in the form of a stipend. For that reason, participants who do not fully complete the project, will not be paid. Additionally, if you do not clearly communicate to the employer and the TTBW team that you are unable to complete a project, you will receive a strike (see three strike system).

What if my team member is unresponsive/ MIA?

If you’re struggling to get in contact with a member of your team, be sure to let the employer know straight away. You should also let the TTBW team know via email (ttbw@riipen.com), or via live chat on the platform. The TTBW team will then reach out to the team member and the employer, with the aim to re-engage the team member and to understand if there’s additional support we can provide.

Continued unresponsiveness or a lack of commitment is a breach of the program’s T&Cs and is considered a strike (see three strike system). This may lead to a team member being removed from the project. If that happens, you should work with the employer to readjust the project deliverables and continue your 40 hour internship project.

What if the employer is unresponsive/ MIA?

If you’re struggling to get in contact with an employer you should also let the TTBW team know as soon as possible via email (ttbw@riipen.com), or via live chat on the platform. The TTBW team will then reach out with the aim to re-engage them and understand if there’s additional support we can provide. Continued unresponsiveness or a lack of commitment is a breach of the program’s T&Cs and is considered a strike (see three strike system). This may lead to the employer being unable to post additional projects on the platform.

Are participants employees of the organization?

No. Participants are neither employees of the organization they do a project for, nor of Riipen (who will pay their stipend). As such, participants do not qualify for any benefits and will not obtain any record of employment from either organizations. Upon joining the TTBW program, Riipen will require participants to submit their legal name, social security number and mailing address so that we can issue the appropriate tax form(s).

What tax documents do I receive?

All participants engaged in the TTBW program for the 2024 tax year will be issued a 1099. You can expect to receive this in February 2025. If you complete an employer project in 2025, your 1099 will be issued in early 2026. This will be available on your Riipen account in your user settings under "issued documents". You will receive an email notification when it has been uploaded.

If you need a verification letter to confirm your participation in the TTBW program you can request one by sending an email to people@riipen.com and we can verify the dates of your participation.

Are organizations responsible for providing any specific software they would need participants to use?

Yes. It is the responsibility of the organization to provide software license/access to participants if required to perform the work.

Still have questions? Reach out to us via live-chat in the avocado found in the bottom right-hand corner of your screen or via email at ttbw@riipen.com.

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