High School and Middle School Educators
WHAT ARE YOUTH APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAMS?
Apprenticeship programs for youth between the ages of 16-24 combine academic and technical classroom instruction with work experience through an apprenticeship program. It provides the foundation for youth to choose among multiple pathways – to enroll in college, begin full-time employment, or a combination.
GET STARTED WITH HIGH SCHOOL APPRENTICESHIP
Apprenticeship programs for high school students allow youth to explore a career and develop occupational skills while in high school.
View the links on the right to learn how to get started.
HELP MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS DISCOVER APPRENTICESHIP
It’s not too early for middle school students to start thinking about their future careers and learn how apprenticeship can serve as a foundation for jumpstarting their career. The U.S. Department of Labor has collaborated with Scholastic to develop materials to introduce middle school students, parents, and teachers to future careers and apprenticeships.
APPRENTICESHIP LESSONS AND ACTIVITIES
New for the 2019-2020 school year, the U.S. Department of Labor and Scholastic have released additional educational materials highlighting how youth apprenticeships can help teens develop soft skills. Visit Scholastic’s apprenticeship webpage to download all apprenticeship-related program materials:
- NEW! Student magazine featuring profiles of youth apprentices
- NEW! Student mini-poster with five key skills to build
- NEW! Teacher guide with research and interview activities
- Family take-home sheet with career conversation starters
EXPLORE ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Resources for Educators
- Department of Education: Secondary Career and Technical Education Program and Apprenticeship
- Project Lead the Way (PLTW): Resources to Help Your PLTW Program Thrive
- American School Counselor Association: Promising Practices for Successful High School Apprenticeships
- The School Superintendents Association: Career Pathways for Students
Examples of State Planning Guides
CONNECT WITH AN APPRENTICESHIP CONSULTANT
Are you seeking more information or need help getting started? Visit our Contact Us page and we'll help connect you to an apprenticeship consultant to address your needs.