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Youth Apprenticeship Intermediaries

Youth Apprenticeship Intermediaries


U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Apprenticeship


2019 – 2023

Target Population

Youth Ages 16-21



Key Partners

  • CareerWise Colorado
  • Institute for American Apprenticeships
  • The Manufacturers Association of Central New York

Key Objectives

Register 900 new youth apprentices by the end of the five-year contract, with a primary focus on students in high school

As part of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Youth Apprenticeship Intermediaries contract, JFF is supporting schools, colleges, employers, and others to launch Registered Apprenticeship programs for in-school youth. In addition, JFF is accelerating the earn-and-learn model across multiple in-demand industries and sectors to help them meet their occupational and skill needs.

JFF is supporting the field of youth apprenticeship in the following ways:

  • Providing technical assistance to educational institutions, employers, industry associations, joint labor-management organizations, states, grantees, and other organizations.
  • Hosting and facilitating youth apprenticeship employer and partner accelerators.
  • Engaging with secondary and postsecondary education partners.
  • Helping communities build occupation-specific work process schedules: connecting on-the-job training and related technical instruction.
  • Identifying ways to blend and braid potential funding streams.
  • Supporting the development of pre-apprenticeship programs that connect directly to Registered Apprenticeships.
  • Supporting the registration process of new programs and new apprentices.
  • Creating and expanding strategic partnerships in communities around the country.
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Program Profiles
Future Focused Education New Mexico
Philadelphia Works Pennsylvania

JFF is excited to invite you to join us and youth apprenticeship stakeholders across the country in Youth Apprenticeship Works! — a community of practice for those engaged in and looking to expand Registered Youth Apprenticeship programs.

Connecting with others who share your interest in youth apprenticeship will offer a lot benefits, including opportunities to do the following:

  • Learn about the latest research and resources
  • Discover promising and innovative practices (and share your own!)
  • Connect with subject matter experts in webinars and during virtual office hours
  • Stay up to date on policies and trends impacting Registered Youth Apprenticeship
  • Plug in to a growing network of Youth Apprenticeship partners across the country

This project has been funded, either wholly or in part, with Federal funds from the Department of Labor, Employment & Training Administration under the contract number/work order DOL-OPS-16-A-0012/1605DC-18-F-00060. The contents of this publication do not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the Department of Labor, nor does mention of trade names, commercial products, or organizations imply endorsement of same by the U.S. Government.

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