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Thursday November 5, 2015
Apprenticeships in the U.S.—A way to Put "Career" in "College and Career Readiness"
Young professionals in Interlaken, Switzerland. Photo taken by Amy Loyd, senior director at JFF. The United States is investing in apprenticeship, as well as expanding the scope of careers covered under the registered apprenticeship umbrella—this is great news, but we have a long way to go to establish apprenticeship to serve a wide array of education and training needs. Underemployed or unemployed adults are not the only workers who benefit from apprenticeship, which marries work experience and credit-bearing college course work—young people do too. And it’s with this population that the U....
Tags: Addressing Employer Needs, Employer Engagement, Credentials, Manufacturing, Apprenticeship
Wednesday November 4, 2015
Woman working
“This apprenticeship is harder to get into than Harvard.” I’ve heard this statement numerous times about programs around the country (including in the Hechinger Report article and New York Times), and I am sure that many potential apprentices, workforce educators, and businesses have heard the same thing. It’s no surprise that many people jump at the opportunity to obtain in-depth education and training while earning a wage. Yet, the value of apprenticeships is even more pronounced when they provide pathways for individuals who face barriers to entering the middle-class. How can we make sure...
Tags: Work-Based Learning, Credentials, Employer Engagement, Addressing Employer Needs, Manufacturing, Apprenticeship
Tuesday November 3, 2015
No workforce development strategy has the same track record as apprenticeship, which has proven to be one of the most effective ways to connect education to work since the middle ages. In recent years, this age-old model of training has been reinvented as an innovative new way to prepare people to fill high-demand jobs and address skills gaps in industries ranging from health care to manufacturing to information technology. On average, the starting salary for apprentices equipped with newly minted skills begins at $50,000—a respectable, livable wage in most major U.S. cities. This...
Tags: Workforce Partnership, Career Pathways, Manufacturing, Addressing Employer Needs, Credentials, Work-Based Learning, Employer Engagement, Apprenticeship
Thursday October 22, 2015
By Marty Alvarado and Joel Vargas Recent research about regional collaborations in California note their potential for promoting change across a state with a wide array of unique cultures, histories, and economies. Their potential for producing large-scale results is as yet a tantalizing general hypothesis: If educators, employers, and community leaders work together, they will achieve greater results than by working in their usual silos. It is a hypothesis now being tested vigorously in California through multiple publicly and privately supported regional initiatives that are all striving...
Tags: Opportunity Youth, Career Pathways, Credentials
Tuesday October 13, 2015
The Social Innovation Fund—a program of the Corporation for National and Community Service—matches federal investment with significant philanthropic funding to support evidence-based solutions to pressing social problems. The Fund is currently facing some opposition in Congress. Since its launch in 2009, Jobs for the Future has been the recipient of two Social Innovation Fund (SIF) grants. From where Jobs for the Future sits, and reflecting on our six years of experience with the initiative, we see the SIF as a critical vehicle for public-private partnership investment in small but powerful...
Tags: Opportunity Youth, Credentials, Career Pathways