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There is growing interest in the registered apprenticeship model as a promising but underused workforce development strategy. Apprenticeships can provide employers with workers with the skills they need and offer job seekers the chance to work and earn money while they learn and build skills for well-paying jobs. In the past, the registered apprenticeship model in the U.S. has largely been limited to jobs in construction and manufacturing and usually to white males. In 2015, the U.S. Department of Labor’s American Apprenticeship Initiative (AAI) provided five-year grants for the expansion of registered apprenticeship programs to non-traditional sectors such as healthcare and IT and to more diverse populations, including women and workers of color. This webinar presents evidence gained from Abt’s evaluation of AAI. We will share the extent to which apprenticeships benefitted employers and job seekers. The webinar will also feature AAI grantees and their employer partners, who will share unique insights and practical strategies for implementing a registered apprenticeship.

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Elizabeth Copson, Senior Associate; Doug Walton, Associate; David Kaz, Principal Associate, Abt Global (Moderator)

Daniel Kuehn, Principal Research Associate, Urban Institute

Melissa Scibelli, Director of Workforce Development Programs, MassHire/Hampden County Workforce Board

Diane Toia, Senior Workforce Planning Partner, Baystate Health

Debby Hopkins, Chief Workforce Officer, Shenandoah Valley Workforce Development Board (currently Director of Workforce Initiatives, Appteon, Inc.)

Christi Branch, Training Coordinator, The Hershey Company

What Will You Learn?

  • What is a registered apprenticeship?
  • What are the unique features of apprenticeship as a workforce strategy? 
  • What types of job seekers and employers participated in AAI registered apprenticeships?
  • What are the potential benefits of the registered apprenticeship model to job seekers?
  • What are the potential benefits of the registered apprenticeship model for employers?

Who Should Attend?

  • Representatives of existing apprenticeship programs or programs under development
  • Community college administrators and staff
  • State community college and higher education agency staff
  • Employers
  • Unions
  • Policymakers and policy/philanthropic organization staff focused on workforce, postsecondary education, equity, and related areas
  • State and local workforce development boards/American Job Centers
  • Workforce providers

This event is part of Abt’s Workforce & Economic Mobility Learning Series.