Making Work Based Learning Work for Business

WEDNESDAY 3:00 PM – 4:15 PM | Work-Based Learning, Policy – French Room

Work-based learning strategies – including apprenticeship – bring structured learning into the workplace, helping new employees raise their skills over time while meeting the immediate workforce need of businesses. To expand these opportunities, businesses need public policies that bring together the right industry partners, address the risk firms take by hiring workers who are still in training, ensure that employees bring value to the company, and – hopefully – become long-term employees. Hear from Business Leaders United (BLU) about state and federal solutions to expand apprenticeship.


  • Jessica Cardott, National Skills Coalition (Moderator)
  • John Helton, CareerRise Atlanta
  • Rachel Hirsch, National Skills Coalition
  • Shana Welch, Mercy Health