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Wednesday August 30, 2017
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In this three-part series, JFF's Nancy Hoffman shares insights and reflections from her deep experience studying and learning about the Swiss Vocational and Professional Educational and Training (VPET) system. Switzerland is a global leader in developing successful apprenticeship and work-based learning systems. The first post introduces VPET, while the second post profiles two companies' youth apprenticeship programs: Swisscom and Migros. Finally, the third post closely examines the important role of sector-based associations and distills lessons that can inform U.S. efforts. Read the full...
Tags: Career Pathways, Apprenticeship, Addressing Employer Needs, Employer Engagement
Wednesday August 23, 2017
Swisscom Youth Apprentices and Training Staff at CEMETS Summer Institute
Swisscom youth apprentices and training staff at the CEMETS institute this past summer. The time is ripe for us to learn from the Swiss apprenticeship system as apprenticeships continue to gain momentum in the United States. In an earlier blog, I provided an overview of the Swiss Vocational and Professional Education and Training (VPET) system. Now I take a closer look at two companies’ apprenticeship programs. As part of the Swiss Center on the Economics and Management of Education and Training Systems institute I participated in this summer, we visited Swisscom and Migros and spoke with...
Wednesday August 16, 2017
Participants from around the world presented at CEMETS Summer Institute.
Participants from around the world presented at the CEMETS Summer Institute in Switzerland this past June. Recently, I travelled to Switzerland, a global leader in developing strong apprenticeship and work-based learning systems. I attended a 10-day intensive Summer Institute led by the Swiss Center on the Economics and Management of Education and Training Systems (CEMETS) at ETH Zurich, the leading research university in the country. The training is designed to help other countries learn about the Swiss apprenticeship system and prepare their own reform initiatives. This is the first blog...
Tags: Apprenticeship, Career Pathways, Addressing Employer Needs, Employer Engagement
Monday July 31, 2017
Photo (from left to right): SAP Head of Corporate Social Responsibility Katie Morgan, C-Town Tech Pathways Coordinator Aaron Altman, and JFF Pathways to Prosperity Senior Program Manager Sheila Jackson at the SAP Education Summit in San Francisco, CA. After four years of working with SAP, I’ve become familiar with the culture and pace of this global software company and have experienced firsthand an authentic, functional, and effective education and employer partnership. I’ve accompanied C-Town Tech students to different SAP offices in the Boston area each year––marveled at “game rooms” with...
Tags: Career Pathways, Career and Technical Education, Employer Engagement
Monday June 26, 2017
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Students and Teacher
By Anna Fogel, Social Finance Well-paying jobs and career opportunities are harder and harder to find without a postsecondary degree or industry-recognized credential. Yet many young people, especially students of color and those from low-income families, lack access to educational opportunities that can prepare them for these jobs. In one study in Chicago, more than 40% of black males ages 20 to 24 were out of school and not working, compared to only 8.5% of white males. On the other side of the equation, employers are increasingly concerned by the limited number of young adults who are...
Tags: Career Pathways, Career and Technical Education