What is a Youth Apprenticeship Program?
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.
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 an apprenticeship can serve as a foundation for jumpstarting their careers. 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. Visit Scholastic’s apprenticeship webpage to download all apprenticeship-related program materials.
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See High School Apprenticeship Programs in Action
Check out these videos of current high school apprenticeship programs that are providing meaningful learning opportunities for students.
Healthcare Pathways in Highline School District
Students are getting career and college experience through in various healthcare professions through the Seattle Youth Apprenticeship program.
Youth Apprenticeship in Denver Public Schools
Discover how this Colorado school district co-created an innovation space to bring apprenticeship and work-based learning to their study body and community.
Charlotte Youth Apprenticeship
Hear from high school students, mentors, teachers, and employers in North Carolina about the benefits of hands-on learning and youth apprenticeship.
Launch a Youth Apprenticeship Program
Through a partnership with the U.S. Department of Labor, the Association of School Superintendents (AASA) developed a series of tools designed to inspire new Youth Apprenticeship programs. Check out the AASA Youth Apprenticeship Toolkit designed to help secondary and community college administrators advocate for and build apprenticeship programs.
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