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JFF WBL Bookshelf: Businesses and Employers

Our favorite resources on work-based learning for businesses and employers from across the field.

May 31, 2020

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Our favorite resources on work-based learning for businesses and employers from across the field.

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JFF’s bookshelf pulls together our favorite reads on apprenticeship and work-based learning from across the field. We’ll continue to update our bookshelves as new favorites emerge, so be sure to check back for the latest!

Bridging the Gap Between Talent and Opportunity: An Apprenticeship Playbook for Professional Jobs

Chicago Apprentice Network, January 2019

Professional apprenticeship programs can help address the skills gap facing most companies, provide greater opportunity to people who are underrepresented across industries in the innovation economy, and reskill those whose jobs have been—or will be—disrupted by technology.

Bridging the Gap Between Talent and Opportunity: An Apprenticeship Playbook for Professional Jobs explores why professional organizations should consider apprenticeship programs for their workforce needs, and details how to get started.

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Partnering Up: How Industry Partnerships Can Bring Work-Based Learning to Scale

National Skills Coalition, January 2019

Small- and mid-sized companies are faced with many challenges in implementing and running work-based learning programs. To overcome these challenges, businesses are teaming up in industry or sector partnerships that bring together multiple employers in a targeted industry along with the local workforce, education, and human service systems.

These types of partnerships have broadened the pipeline of workers with access to work-based learning programs and met industry demand for skilled workers. This brief examines four such partnerships:

  • WorkSource Metro Atlanta Healthcare Industry Partnership, Georgia
  • Oregon Manufacturing Innovation Center Training (OMIC Training), Oregon
  • UpSkill Houston, Texas
  • Advancing Manufacturing Partnership, Indiana

Additionally, the brief provides federal and state recommendations for supporting the growth of industry partnerships.

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Competency-Based Occupational Frameworks for Registered Apprenticeships

The Urban Institute, August 2018

With funding from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Apprenticeship, the Urban Institute is building national frameworks for registered apprenticeships in a wide array of occupations. The frameworks are consensus based, meaning they are drafted in cooperation with employers, educators, and other workforce and training experts. The goal is to broaden the country’s number and scope of registered apprenticeships.

Employers and others can use the frameworks to fast-track the development of their own registered apprenticeships, with assurance that they are well researched and consistent across national programs. The frameworks are competency based rather than time based, meaning that abilities are emphasized over memorized knowledge and skills and are more important than the number of hours spent working on tasks. The result is high-quality frameworks that are freely available for all to use.

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A Toolkit for Registered Apprenticeship in Healthcare

Healthcare Career Advancement Program, March 2017

This toolkit helps healthcare employers and other workforce development stakeholders learn how to register and implement healthcare apprenticeship programs.

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Mentoring for Apprenticeship: Train-the-Trainer for On-the-Job Training (OJT)

Keystone Development Partnership for 1199C Training and Upgrading Fund, February 2017

This guide provides instructions for mentors of workers participating in on-the-job training.

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The Benefits and Costs of Apprenticeship: A Business Perspective

Case Western Reserve University, U.S. Department of Commerce, November 2016

Though methods are emerging, apprenticeship results in many quantitative and qualitative returns for employers. The report illustrates a methodology for employers to calculate ROI.

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