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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. 

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Career Development Lessons

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Soft Skills Activities

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Remote Learning Guide

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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.

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AASA: Launch a Youth Apprenticeship Program

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