Pre-apprenticeship programs prepare individuals to enter and succeed in a Registered Apprenticeship or other high-quality apprenticeship program, and ultimately a career. They can be delivered by a range of entities, including community-based organizations, high schools, labor organizations, workforce agencies, and community colleges. At educational institutions, the programs can and should be integrated directly into the existing curriculum and structure. High-quality pre-apprenticeship programs link directly to existing apprenticeship programs and provide instruction, preparation, and supports that enable participants to advance to apprenticeship programs or careers.
When pre-apprenticeship programs are implemented well, they can be bridges to career opportunities for students, new workers, or underprepared learners. Pre-apprenticeship is a particularly effective means of preparing people from underrepresented communities for high-quality employment opportunities—and thereby increasing diversity and equity throughout the apprenticeship and workforce systems.