Move over traditional universities, corporations are starting to replace you with their very own training programs. Apple University, public now for a while, helps train new employees the Apple ethos. Everything from internal case studies to design philosophies is on the docket.
Brian Chen, writing for the New York Times, offers up some interesting insights into the program:
Unlike many corporations, Apple runs its training in-house, year round. The full-time faculty — including instructors, writers and editors — create and teach the courses. Some faculty members come from universities like Yale; Harvard; the University of California, Berkeley; Stanford; and M.I.T., and some continue to hold positions at their schools while working for Apple.
The whole article is worth reading, especially if you’re into nitty gritty details about Apple. It’s not all that surprising that the company places as much effort into training their new employees as they do releasing new products. Apparently they even sweat the important stuff, like the quality of toilet paper in the washrooms.
You can read Simplifying the Bull: How Picasso Helps to Teach Apple’s Style over on The New York Times.