Expanding Apprenticeship to Opportunity Youth

Since 2019, JFF has enrolled more than 100 opportunity youth into apprenticeship programs and started a cohort of 15 programs across the country.

Funder

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

Timeline

June 2019 – June 2022

Target Population

Opportunity Youth

Locations

Nationwide

Key Partners

  • Social Policy Research Associates (SPR)
  • National Association of Workforce Boards (NAWB)
  • District 1199C Training & Upgrading Fund (1199C)
  • Center for Rural Strategies (CRS)

Key Objectives

Enroll 700 Opportunity Youth into a Registered Apprenticeship pathway

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With the support of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Apprenticeship Expansion and Modernization Fund, JFF is increasing access to Registered Apprenticeship programs for opportunity youth—young adults ages 16 to 24 who do not have connections to school or employment.

JFF is building these connections by:

  • Building the capacity of youth-serving organizations, workforce development boards, communities, employers, and others
  • Supporting the expansion of pre-apprenticeships that lead to Registered Apprenticeship programs
  • Establishing a nationwide network of training and technical assistance providers to support prospective and current Registered Apprenticeship sponsors, intermediaries, and other stakeholders

As a crucial part of this work, JFF is providing intensive, hands-on support to 15 organizations across the country.


This network is comprised of workforce development boards and community-based organizations that are members of of the Aspen Opportunity Youth Forum and JFF's Young Adult Talent Development Network:

Site Type Site Location Industry Focus Pathway Approach
Community-Based Organizations Cutler Institute’s Youth and Community Engagement Portland, ME Health Care; Trades Direct entry into a Registered Apprenticeship program
Community-Based Organizations Goodwill Industries of Middle Tennessee Nashville, TN Construction Creating a pre-apprenticeship pathway into an existing Registered Apprenticeship program
Community-Based Organizations Goodwill of North Georgia Decatur, GA Construction; Logistics Direct entry into a Registered Apprenticeship program
Community-Based Organizations Goodwill of North Georgia Decatur, GA Manufacturing Transitioning a career pathway into a Registered Apprenticeship program
Community-Based Organizations JEVS Human Services Philadelphia, PA IT Strengthening and expanding existing Pre-Apprenticeship-to-Registered-Apprenticeship pathways
Community-Based Organizations Philadelphia Youth Network Philadelphia, PA Health Care Strengthening and expanding existing Pre-Apprenticeship-to-Registered-Apprenticeship pathways
Community-Based Organizations United Way of Greater Atlanta Atlanta, GA Health Care Transitioning a career pathway into a Registered Apprenticeship program
Community-Based Organizations United Way of Greater Atlanta Atlanta, GA IT Creating a pre-apprenticeship pathway into an existing Registered Apprenticeship program
National Organizations with Affiliated Networks The Corps Network and Civic Works Washington D.C. and Baltimore, MD Landscaping; Natural Resources Strengthening and expanding existing Pre-Apprenticeship-to-Registered-Apprenticeship pathways
National Organizations with Affiliated Networks FareStart Catalyst Kitchens and Cafe Reconcile Seattle, WA and New Orleans, LA Culinary Direct entry into a Registered Apprenticeship program; Creating a pre-apprenticeship pathway into an existing Registered Apprenticeship program
School Districts Deep East Texas College and Career Academy / Jasper Independent School District Jasper, TX IT; Transportation & Logistics Direct entry into a Registered Apprenticeship program
School Districts Deep East Texas College and Career Academy / Jasper Independent School District Jasper, TX Welding Transitioning a career pathway into a Registered Apprenticeship program
Workforce Development Boards The Adams County Workforce and Business Center Denver, CO IT Direct entry into a Registered Apprenticeship program
Workforce Development Boards Capital Workforce Partners Hartford, CT Building Trades; Health Care Direct entry into a Registered Apprenticeship program
Workforce Development Boards Capital Workforce Partners Hartford, CT IT; Manufacturing Strengthening and expanding existing Pre-Apprenticeship-to-Registered-Apprenticeship pathways
Workforce Development Boards Shenandoah Valley WDB Harrisonburg, VA Health Care Direct entry into a Registered Apprenticeship program
Workforce Development Boards Shenandoah Valley WDB Harrisonburg, VA Manufacturing Transitioning a career pathway into a Registered Apprenticeship program
Workforce Development Boards Southeast Michigan Community Alliance (SEMCA) / WIN Taylor, MI Building Trades; Construction; Health Care Direct entry into a Registered Apprenticeship program
Workforce Development Boards Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County Seattle, WA Automotive; Health Care Direct entry into a Registered Apprenticeship program
Workforce Development Boards Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County Seattle, WA IT; Manufacturing Strengthening and expanding existing Pre-Apprenticeship-to-Registered-Apprenticeship pathways
Workforce Development Boards Worksystems Portland, OR Construction; IT Strengthening and expanding existing Pre-Apprenticeship-to-Registered-Apprenticeship pathways
Workforce Development Boards Worksystems Portland, OR Health Care Transitioning a career pathway into a Registered Apprenticeship program

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Project Progress

Since the project launched in June 2019, JFF has registered more than 400 opportunity youth apprentices with several organizations, including the Virginia L. Grant Foundation, Independent Electrical Contractors Chesapeake (IEC), Finishing Trades Institute of the Upper Midwest, United Way of Greater Atlanta, Communities in Schools of Philadelphia, Construction Laborers Training Center, and Construction Careers Foundation.

JFF also registered six apprenticeship programs with the Loop Lab, Anne Arundel Workforce Development Corporation, and Goodwill of North Georgia.

Implications of COVID-19

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, JFF has worked collaboratively with our network of sites and our partners to respond to challenges and develop strategies to keep opportunity youth engaged in training. We have supported our sites in their efforts to transition work-based learning to virtual settings, design new pathways to Registered Apprenticeship, and deal with staff cuts and budget shortfalls.

Employer Spotlight: Anthem and United Way Greater Atlanta

As part of our work to create new training opportunities for young adults who are disconnected from school and the labor market, JFF is supporting the partnership of United Way of Greater Atlanta and health care company Anthem Inc., whose Atlanta office runs an IT apprenticeship program for young people who are aging out of foster care.

Using incentive funds from the project, Anthem and United Way were able to support 14 opportunity youth apprentices during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Inspired by the success of the apprenticeship and partnership in Atlanta, Anthem is committed to expanding the program throughout Georgia and to other Anthem sites across the country.

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