Thursday - Apprenticeship Forward


Washington, DC – On May 4th and 5th, National Skills Coalition and New America will host a ground-breaking gathering of more than 500 local and national leaders dedicated to expanding apprenticeship opportunities in the U.S. These experts will convene in our nation’s capital to discuss how we can help millions of students and workers apprentice with thousands of companies to develop skilled careers. The two-day event will kick off with speeches from government and business leaders before digging deep into the social and economic potential of apprenticeship – and the policies and programs that will allow more workers and businesses to benefit from it.



National and State Leaders including newly confirmed Secretary of Labor, Alexander Acosta (invited), Governor Dan Malloy (CT), Delegate Cory McCray (MD), Noel Ginsberg, Chairman & CEO at Intertech Medical, Inc. and Founder and Chairman of Careerwise Colorado.

Business leaders from major corporations including Amazon, Aon, Siemens, Kroger, UPS, The Hartford, Microsoft, and several manufacturing companies.

Educators from community colleges and technical schools.

Apprentices who have lived the apprentice experience firsthand.

WHAT:             Apprenticeship Forward Conference

WHEN:             May 4–5, 2017 (beginning at 8:30 am on the 4th, ending at 2:30 pm on the 5th).

WHERE:           Washington Hilton, 1919 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington, D.C. 20009



  • Thursday, May 4th 8:30 am: Keynote address by Noel Ginsberg, Chairman & CEO at Intertech Medical, Inc. and Founder and Chairman of CareerWise Colorado
  • Thursday, May 4th 12:15 pm: Apprentices Panel
  • Friday, May 5th 8:30 am: Discussion with Governor Dan Malloy of Connecticut
  • Friday, May 5th 12:00 pm: Remarks from Trump Administration officials from DOL
  • Friday, May 5th 1:30 pm: Discussions with representatives from the U.S. Departments of Labor, Education, Commerce, Transportation, Agriculture, and Health and Human Services.


American companies and workers are looking for affordable ways to build their skills and succeed in today’s global economy. As higher education grows ever more expensive, apprenticeship is emerging as an exciting alternative to traditional college. And as businesses compete for talent, apprenticeship is catching their attention as a great strategy for growing their own talent pipelines. This conference is a chance for everyone—from apprenticeship old-hands to those just getting introduced—to learn more about this powerful and time-tested education and training model.




The conference is made possible with the support of JP Morgan Chase & Co., Siemens Foundation, The Annie E. Casey Foundation, The Joyce Foundation, and The JPB Foundation. Conference partners are National Skills Coalition, New America, AFL-CIO Working for America Institute, Advance CTE, Jobs for the Future, National Association of Workforce Boards, National Fund for Workforce Solutions, National Governors Association, and Urban Institute. Apprenticeship Forward was developed in consultation with the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration and the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Career Technical and Adult Education.