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Back to School, Back to Startups: Supporting Youth Apprenticeship, Entrepreneurship, and Workforce Development

September 15, 2022

At a Glance

This Sept. 15 testimony by JFF senior director Deborah Kobes to the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Small Businesses Subcommittee on Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Workforce Development outlines the value of youth apprenticeship for small businesses, the challenges they face in implementation, and potential solutions.

Deborah Kobes, senior director at JFF’s Center for Apprenticeship & Work-based Learning, shares JFF’s perspective on work-based learning as a powerful youth education and workforce development strategy, and discusses recent trends in youth apprenticeship, including challenges to diversifying the apprenticeship system, and reviews the important role small businesses can play in the design and delivery of youth apprenticeship. The testimony also highlights some of JFF’s policy recommendations that can expand and improve youth apprenticeship, including strategies for increasing equity and small business engagement.

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