The National Fund seeks to expand apprenticeships to non-traditional industries like healthcare, financial services, information technology and hospitality, and to new types of workers like opportunity youth and under-employed workers. The goal is to generate a range of new and innovative strategies tailored to specific regions and their growing industries.
To reach this goal, the National Fund will provide technical assistance to its regional funder collaboratives and support their individual efforts to expand apprenticeships. The National Fund will evaluate and document successful efforts to spread apprenticeships across its network.
Apprenticeships in the Network
Over its 10-year history, National Fund collaboratives—along with employer and local partners— have supported 5,000 registered apprentices and 10,0000 individuals developing their skills in an on-the-job (OJT) training program. Some recent examples of successful programs include:
National Fund Apprenticeship Director, Pam Howze, discusses the basic components of an apprenticeship program with Laurie Sylvia from BEST Hospitality Training Center, and Donna Newton from Guilford Apprenticeship Partners: link.
National Fund Apprenticeship Director Pam Howze, H-CAP Director Daniel Bustillo, and Hope Arthur from Partners for a Competitive Workforce discuss the burgeoning field of Healthcare Apprenticeships.
In High School Youth to Apprenticeship, National Fund Director of Work-Based Learning is joined by Brent Parton of New America and Dr. Elizabeth Standafer of the North Carolina Community College System to discuss a range of topics including the National Fund’s new partnership with PAYA, the rapid growth of youth apprenticeship in North Carolina, and different models for recruiting, testing, and screening high school students for apprenticeships.