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 and view profiles of current youth apprentices.
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 School Superintendents Association (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 Resources for Starting a Youth Apprenticeship Program
- Department of Labor Training and Employment Notice: Framework on Registered Apprenticeship for High School Students
- Iowa's Registered Apprenticeship Program: State Playbook for High School Registered Apprenticeship
- Fair Labor Standards Act Factsheet: Information for Interns and Students Working for For-profit Employers
- National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity Toolkit: Equity in Youth Apprenticeship Programs
- Advance CTE Report: Improving Youth Apprenticeship Data Quality
- Urban Institute: Mentor Guide for Youth Registered Apprenticeship Programs
- Other Department of Labor Youth Programs