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.