Improving Diversity and Equity in Apprenticeships for Manufacturing
Over the next 5 years, JFF will work to provide apprenticeship opportunities in manufacturing to nearly 2,000 women and people of color.
U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Apprenticeship
September 2020 – September 2025
Chicago Women in Trades (CWIT); Donna Lenhoff, EEO Consultant; Elgin Community College; Keystone Development Partnership; Manufacturers Association of Central New York (MACNY); Michigan Workforce Development Institute (MI WDI); Penn Foster; Progress Worx; Scott Ellsworth, Apprenticeship Consultant; Women in Manufacturing (WiM)
Register 750 apprentices per year in manufacturing, with at least 50% from underrepresented populations (with a focus on women and people of color)
JFF's Center for Apprenticeship & Work-Based Learning was selected to receive a $12 million contract from the U.S. Department of Labor to expand apprenticeship in advanced manufacturing, with a specific goal of increasing the number of women and people of color in the industry’s workforce.
As part of this work, JFF will:
- Provide manufacturers, trade associations, and other organizations with technical and financial assistance
- Direct these organizations through the process of designing, registering, and launching new apprenticeship programs
- Offer guidance on ensuring equitable and inclusive workplaces