Apprenticeships for the Future

Apprenticeships for the Future

Expanding and Enhancing Registered Apprenticeship for Career Success

Twenty-first century apprenticeships are a powerful solution to equip highly trained workers with the skills needed to contribute to an employer's success and to the economy as a whole.

Kathy Mannes
Vice President, Building Economic Opportunity
617.728.4446 x169
kmannes@jff.org

Over the last three years, U.S. employers have added over 150,000 new apprentices, helping to build on the 80-year history of Registered Apprenticeship. An unprecedented influx of more than $265 million in federal funds to expand apprenticeship to new industries and new communities has spurred interest, energy, and activity at the state and local levels, and engaged thousands of new stakeholders in creating a modern apprenticeship infrastructure.

 
Companies that use apprenticeship in a variety of industries report higher productivity, higher retention rates, and a substantial return on investment, leading this tried and true training model to be expanded and transformed throughout the country.
 
In addition, other forms of Work-Based Learning (WBL) are growing in secondary and postsecondary educational systems and with employers and policymakers. Work-based learning at its best integrates academic learning with real-world application to provide paths to educational and career advancement and build the talent pipeline. WBL holds great promise for low-income and lower-skilled youth and adults, who all too often lack equitable access to high-quality work-based learning experiences that can serve as steppingstones to increased economic opportunities.
 
Jobs for the Future is playing a key role in driving this expansion and is poised to leverage its 30-plus year track record of success to shape the future of apprenticeship. 
 
Next, The Challenge: Learn about the workforce challenges apprenticeship can help address as well as what’s holding apprenticeship back.
Employers across a variety of industries face increasingly complex workforce challenges in a competitive global economy. For some, an aging, highly skilled, and experienced workforce puts a premium on attracting new and more diverse talent. Others continue to search for proven training strategies that can keep pace with industry advancements. Even when companies find the workers they need, developing the capacity to up-skill current employees remains out of reach for too many. 
 
Significant talent shortages and skill gaps are slowing companies' efforts to expand, innovate, and thrive. These challenges don’t just impact employers, they also limit opportunities for workers, and are holding back economic growth at all levels.
 
Apprenticeship is a proven solution to address these and many more 
workforce issues while delivering an incredible return on investment. Despite the track record of success, efforts to expand apprenticeship have struggled with misperceptions about modern apprenticeships, a void of centralized cross-sector support and a lack of coordinated efforts. 
 
Next, Our Solution: Learn how JFF’s expertise can help overcome these challenges and implement apprenticeships that work. 
Throughout our 30-plus year history, Jobs for the Future has established expertise in developing and expanding apprenticeship and work-based learning models. With experts on both U.S. and international apprenticeship issues, JFF is an ideal partner for employers, business intermediaries, and workforce organizations that wish to seize this opportunity to develop a skilled labor force.
 
JFF has been actively involved in a range of national work-based learning and apprenticeship efforts. We are a key participant in four current grants and contracts from the U.S. Department of Labor aimed at increasing the number of employers utilizing apprenticeship. 
 
Launched in 2017, JFF’s Center for Apprenticeship and Work-Based Learning has acted as a platform and portal to bring together national resources, proven and promising practices, and technical assistance to support the development of successful apprenticeship and work-based learning strategies.
 
Next, Our Progress: Learn how JFF is at the forefront of the modern apprenticeship movement and learn more about specific projects underway. 
 

We are currently working with a number of partners to reach more than 3,300 new apprentices by:

 
Spotlight on Success
After nine years as a bank teller, the Industrial Manufacturing Technician (IMT) Registered Apprenticeship program provided Brandi Dunham the opportunity to transform her skillset to become the nation’s first career IMT Registered Apprentice and Journeyman.
 
To learn more about how JFF is helping a broad range of employers, intermediaries, program providers, and policymakers take advantage of the unique opportunities in modern apprenticeships, visit our Center for Apprenticeship and Work-Based Learning.