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How the Center for Apprenticeship & Work-Based Learning Can Help You

April 29, 2020

At A Glance

JFF’s Center for Apprenticeship & Work-Based Learning has the expertise and the networks needed to advance apprenticeship and work-based learning opportunities in your region. We can help you in the following ways.

JFF’s Center for Apprenticeship & Work-Based Learning has the expertise and the networks needed to advance apprenticeship and work-based learning opportunities in your region. We can help you in the following ways:

Hand-in-Hand Support

Providing customized, individual coaching

Registration Guidance

Offering targeted guidance throughout the apprenticeship registration process

Program Development

Co-designing innovative apprenticeship models that can be replicated and scaled across employers

Building Networks

Connecting you with apprenticeship experts, partners, and peers in your region and across the country

Best Practices

Identifying and sharing best practices

Knowledge Sharing

Delivering presentations and facilitating discussions at events

Apprenticeship and work-based learning initiatives are true partnership efforts. To build effective, high-quality programs, we work with organizations across a range of disciplines in the public and private sectors:


Finding the talent to keep your business running is hard. We’ll show you how job-based training and education can deliver the return on investment you need. If you set up an apprenticeship program, you could lead the way for your company and industry to create access to professional development opportunities that make you and your workers more productive.

We can help you define your workforce needs, identify the positions that require hard-to-find skills, and set training goals. We can also help you develop training standards and register them with your state or the federal government, identify local sources of talent, and establish the local partnerships you’ll need in order to build sustainable programs.

If I can get my workers more skilled in what they do, that’s better for me, and that’s better for them as well.

Kris Haas, president, Ralph H. Simpson Co.

Our Work With Business

Case Study

JFF Drives Talent Growth for John Deere

JFF partnered with John Deere to build and deliver a national apprenticeship program for agriculture and equipment technicians and heavy construction equipment mechanics. Background John Deere is one of America’s most successful, resilient, and iconic…

May 6, 2020
Case Study

JFF Supports Lockheed Martin’s Apprentice Workforce

JFF worked with Lockheed Martin to transform an inefficient, state-by-state apprenticeship model into a centralized and streamlined national program. Background Lockheed Martin corporation is one the world’s largest aerospace and defense companies. The company employs…

June 6, 2020
Case Study

Building Workers' Skills at Ralph H. Simpson Co.

An Illinois manufacturer uses the Industrial Manufacturing Technician apprenticeship program to build its workers’ skills. The Industrial Manufacturing Technician (IMT) apprenticeship program provides frontline manufacturing production workers with the knowledge and competencies needed in the…

April 10, 2020

The Business Case for Work-Based Learning

JFF can help JFF works with top companies like Lockheed Martin, John Deere, Nissan, Honda, and Best Buy to put work-based learning into action. We help companies assess their business drivers, evaluate talent needs, and…

March 25, 2020


Labor-management organizations have long set the standard for apprenticeship and acted as intermediaries that connect the dots among stakeholders. Now, community-based organizations and others are also stepping in to play that role. JFF can build your capacity to serve as a work-based learning intermediary and prepare you to build bridges among employers to grow apprenticeship, serve as a convener, develop occupational standards for new programs, and provide technical assistance to partners and ease the administrative burdens they encounter when delivering training.

Our Work with Intermediaries

Case Study

Workforce Development Institute: Teamwork Makes the IMT Dream Work

This profile highlights how WDI, a Michigan intermediary, expands the IMT apprenticeship program through building and maintaining close relationships with employers. Intermediary Profile Workforce Development Institute (WDI) This workforce product was funded by a grant…

February 20, 2020
Case Study

KDP Enhances Apprenticeship Opportunities With Group Sponsorship, Mentoring

This profile highlights how KDP, a Pennsylvania intermediary, uses mentorship and group sponsorship to strengthen and develop the IMT. Intermediary Profile Keystone Development Pipeline (KDP) This workforce product was funded by a grant awarded by…

November 22, 2019


Apprenticeship and work-based learning models can be valuable business services tools while also leading to strong short- and long-term outcomes for jobseekers. Yet, many workforce agencies don’t know how to incorporate apprenticeship into their toolboxes. JFF can guide you through the process to determine how to best add apprenticeship to the services you provide. We can advise you on integration with state funding and credits, activities and performance measures that are allowed under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, and other best practices.

Our Work with Workforce


Join the growing number of community and technical colleges that are partnering with employers, labor unions, and other organizations to deliver apprenticeship and work-based learning programs. JFF is ready to help you: We currently advise more than 50 community colleges and two state systems on integrating work-based learning into their courses, partnering with employers to jointly create new programs, and implementing credit-bearing apprenticeships.

When JFF came to us with the idea of partnering with SAP to begin C-Town Tech, we thought 'This is it. This is the opportunity to pilot a program.' C-Town Tech is really a leveler. It believes in students' ability to learn, regardless of background.

Dr. Pam Eddinger, President, Bunker Hill Community College

Our Work with Postsecondary


C-Town Pathways

What do you get when you cross a global software giant with a Boston high school? The next generation of STEM professionals, innovators, and entrepreneurs ready to change the world. Today’s high school students need…

April 19, 2018
Impact Story

TAACCCT Comprehensive Technical Assistance

TAACCCT Comprehensive Technical Assistance Supply or demand? We do both. JFF helps community colleges and employers identify ways to prepare workers with the skills local industries need to thrive. JFF leads the TAACCCT Learning Network,…

April 19, 2018


Education officials are increasingly recognizing that apprenticeships, pre-apprenticeships, and other forms of work-based learning are effective ways to prepare students for college and careers. JFF can help you find program models that meet your needs and then assist you with efforts to integrate work-based learning into programs of study, build education-industry partnerships, and navigate relevant administrative processes.

Our Work with K-12

Impact Story

21st Century Pathways to Health Careers

Reengineering the health workforce to be representative of its roots in diverse communities in order to expand California's health care systems' capacity. Reengineering the health workforce to be representative of its roots in diverse communities…

May 6, 2018
Impact Story

Massachusetts Advanced Pathways Program

Massachusetts Advanced Pathways Program Taking young people from ninth grade through industry credentials and an associate’s degree in high-demand fields—information technology, advanced manufacturing, and health care Washington Post article featuring JFF Vice President Nancy Hoffman White…

April 20, 2018

Youth Apprenticeship Intermediaries

Funder U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Apprenticeship Timeline 2019 – 2023 Target Population Youth Ages 16-21 Locations Nationwide Key Partners CareerWise Colorado Institute for American Apprenticeships The Manufacturers Association of Central New York Key…

February 26, 2021

State/Local Government

State and local officials engage with work-based learning as both policymakers and employers. JFF can help you maximize your impact in both areas. As policy advisers, we can help you replicate and scale models that work, based on your local goals and needs. Or, JFF can position you as a leading employer that uses work-based learning programs to attract and advance workers.

JFF is really at the forefront of [the apprenticeship] movement in nontraditional occupations and companies. They’re studying what’s going on nationally and are able to educate us about it. It’s been really significant that we have JFF behind us.

Krysti Specht, Senior Community Development Specialist, San Francisco Office of Economic and Workforce Development

Our Work with State/Local Government


Policy Leadership Trust

This select group of education leaders lets experience be their guide in developing state and federal policies that help students attain credentials for greater success in the labor market. In 2015, JFF established The Policy…

May 7, 2018
Case Study

San Francisco IT Apprenticeship Program Gains Traction with Help from JFF

Facing a steep learning curve, TechSF was having trouble launching an apprenticeship initiative—until JFF stepped in as an advisor. According to the Brookings Institution, 90 percent of the new high-tech innovation sector jobs that have…

May 31, 2020
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Create opportunities to connect people of all backgrounds with living-wage careers. We can help you drive awareness and adoption of apprenticeship and work-based learning to new and growing industries as well as increase awareness of critical considerations that support a variety of workers, including diversity and equity strategies and wraparound supports.

One of my favorite things about JFF is that they are constantly seeking out and supporting innovations in the workforce development space, and leveraging their networks to bring nonprofit organizations, employers, funders, and education institutions together to explore new ideas.

Ebony Beckwith, Salesforce Chief Philanthropy Officer & CEO of Salesforce Foundation

Our Work With Philanthropy

Case Study

Expanding Apprenticeship to Human Resources with JFF, SHRM Partnership

One of the first national HR apprenticeship programs is underway, thanks to support from DOL , JFF, and a strong industry sponsor. Connecting workers to high-growth careers is a foundation of Registered Apprenticeship, and the…

May 26, 2022

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