Celebrate Apprenticeship & Work-Based Learning

In recognition of the 80th anniversary of the National Apprenticeship (Fitzgerald) Act, Jobs for the Future’s Center for Apprenticeship and Work-Based Learning, our partners, and leaders from throughout the national apprenticeship system explore the rich history of apprenticeships in the United States. We highlight successes of key leaders and programs, focus on recent innovations, and look toward apprenticeships of the future. Viewers and speakers represent U.S. Department of Labor grantees, leaders from organized labor, employers, community college staff, and a range of other stakeholders.

  • Greg Chambers, Director of Compliance, Oberg Industries
  • John Ladd, Administrator, Office of Apprenticeship, U.S. Department of Labor
  • Bob Lerman, Institute Fellow, Urban Institute
  • Dan Marschall, Executive Director, Working for America Institute, AFL-CIO
  • Karen Morgan, Director, Bureau of Apprenticeship Standards 
  • Eric Seleznow, Senior Fellow at JFF, Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Department of Labor

Since Wisconsin created the first state Registered Apprenticeship system in 1911, and Congress enacted the National Apprenticeship Act in 1937, much as changed in the national apprenticeship system—more workers and businesses are engaged, secondary and postsecondary institutions are more involved than ever before in the training, and apprenticeship is now a more widely accepted pathway to the middle class. What has not changed are the fundamentals of apprenticeship—on-the-job work experience, coupled with related training and instruction, with close supervision and mentoring on the job that produces strong results for both workers and employers.

Join other national leaders in apprenticeship and work-based learning in major events this fall!

We’re working to advance the momentum of apprenticeships and work-based learning as mainstream workforce development and talent solutions and demonstrate that #apprenticeshipworks:

  • Celebrate Apprenticeship & Work-Based Learning on November 9, 2017 at 11 a.m.: Connect with 300 national and international leaders in apprenticeship and work-based learning at the Capital Hilton for a luncheon from 11 a.m.- 2 p.m. We will celebrate the progress made in supporting these innovative workforce strategies and recognize leaders in the field, kicking off National Apprenticeship Week and formally launching our Center for Apprenticeship & Work-Based Learning. Read more below.
  • Check out the Center for Apprenticeship & Work-Based Learning: Jobs for the Future’s new center will bring together organizations, national resources, proven and promising practices, and technical assistance in a central place to support stakeholders develop successful apprenticeship and other work-based learning strategies. Don’t miss the full launch this fall!

We appreciate your joining us and sharing this exciting apprenticeship news.

November 9, 2017 • 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. • Capital Hilton Hotel • 1001 16th Street, Washington DC

Please join Jobs for the Future (JFF), our partners, industry leaders and over 300 national and international stakeholders to celebrate the transformation and expansion of apprenticeships and work-based learning—tried and true strategies that strengthen the American workforce and help businesses grow.

The purpose of this event is to:

  • Attract and engage business and industry to garner their support and participation in the apprenticeship community
  • Provide a DC-based kick off for National Apprenticeship Week (November 13-17, 2017)
  • Publically recognize and honor leaders and innovators from the work-based learning community
  • Continue the momentum from the successful Apprenticeship Forward conference by drawing attention to the growing interest in advancing apprenticeship as a mainstream workforce solution
  • Formally launch JFF’s Center for Apprenticeship and Work-Based Learning

colorado-governor-hickenlooperWe will recognize the significant role apprenticeship and other forms of work-based learning play in preparing the U.S. workforce. This event will also recognize significant contributions made by a select group of apprenticeship leaders, including keynote speaker Colorado Governor Hickenlooper, who have contributed to the advancement of apprenticeship and work-based learning.

The event will serve as a kickoff for National Apprenticeship Week and a formal launch of JFF’s recently established Center for Apprenticeship and Work-Based Learning. The new Center will provide a platform for the growing community of stakeholders working in the field to easily access current information and resources, share best practices, and deploy new solutions designed to drive the adoption and scale of both Apprenticeship and other forms of work-based learning. In addition, we will build on the momentum generated as part of Apprenticeship Forward and current leadership and support for these strategies.

Apprenticeships have helped build America from its beginning to the present day. Thousands of carpenters, electricians, and ironworkers started out as apprentices and did their part in building this great nation. Today we have apprenticeships not only in the building trades and the crafts, but also in new and emerging occupations of healthcare, information technology, financial services, hospitality and cybersecurity, adding to the rich history and success of this earn and learn model. For 80 years, the national system/commitment has reflected the strong commitment of its sponsors, including industry associations, individual employers and joint labor-management partnerships. Apprenticeship and other forms of work-based learning continue to provide state-of-the-art training using the “earn while you learn” model that offers a pathway to the middle class and a sustainable career for millions of America’s workers.

We hope you can join us to honor and celebrate 80 years of the past and take a look toward the future. Get more information, tickets, or a table: www.jff.org/apprenticeshipevent. Partner in or sponsor the event: www.jff.org/partner

JFF’s Center for Apprenticeship and Work-Based Learning

JFF announced our center in June 2017, which aims to bring together organizations, national resources, proven and promising practices, and technical assistance in a central place to support employers, workforce practitioners and stakeholders of all kinds in developing successful apprenticeship and other work-based learning strategies. Check it out at center4apprenticeship.jff.org.