VF Corp. and Pensole Design Academy have partnered on an apprenticeship program with empowering Black, Indigenous and people of color in mind. Three VF brands — Timberland, Vans and The North Face — will take part in the effort, which is called DiverCity x Design. The program, according to VF, was created both as an investment in the future of the footwear industry and to ensure diversity in thought and experience. This effort features a curriculum that will give the students access to professional design experience and help them “learn, create and build a career in the footwear industry.”