Youth Apprenticeship

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What do we mean by Youth Apprenticeship?

Registered Apprenticeship stakeholders— employers, educators, and workforce professionals— across the country are launching apprenticeship programs that serve youth, ages 16–24. These programs, often referred to as youth apprenticeship, combine technical classroom instruction with paid work experience.

Help Middle School Students Explore 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. 

Scholastic Classroom Material

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

Evaluation of the Youth Apprenticeship Readiness Grants

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