National Skills Coalition and New America, along with 11 national partners committed to expanding U.S. apprenticeship, are launching the Apprenticeship Forward Collaborative. The group will collect and share information on emerging trends and best practices in apprenticeship from across the country. We will highlight how apprenticeship can break into new industry sectors and serve a more diverse population of learners and workers.
The Apprenticeship Forward Collaborative builds on the success of the May 2017 Apprenticeship Forward conference, which brought together over six hundred practitioners, policymakers, and apprenticeship advocates for a wide-ranging conversation on opportunities to expand American apprenticeship. The conference revealed a vibrant and increasingly diverse field of apprenticeship and a desire to build strong connections across different industry sectors, population groups, and geographic regions.
The Apprenticeship Forward Collaborative will work to strengthen connections across the apprenticeship community and build greater public awareness and support for apprenticeship programs. Over the course of the next year, the Collaborative will organize information-sharing sessions among member organizations, host public events in different parts of the country that feature local programs and practitioners, and brief policymakers on opportunities to support apprenticeship. We will engage apprenticeship experts, businesses and educators, government agencies, as well as the broader public to take advantage of the broad and growing interest in apprenticeship models.
Our partners in the Collaborative reflect the diverse stakeholders and communities currently working to expand American apprenticeship and include the following organizations:
- Advance CTE
- AFL-CIO Working for America Institute
- Healthcare Career Advancement Program (H-CAP)
- Institute for Women's Policy Research
- Jobs for the Future's Center for Apprenticeship and Work-Based Learning
- National Association of State Workforce Agencies
- National Association of Workforce Boards
- National Fund for Workforce Solutions
- National Governors Association
- Opportunity America
- and Urban Institute