Governor Bruce Rauner
Chair Dr. Lazaro Lopez
Executive Director Dr. Karen Hunter Anderson

Illinois Community College Board

Apprenticeships

The ApprenticeshipUSA Community of Practice is an online resource for stakeholders from throughout the Apprenticeship system and its partners to share information and learn from your peers regarding the innovative strategies and partnerships being used to train U.S. workers.

ApprenticeshipUSA LEADERs have joined the U.S. Department of Labor campaign and have committed to expanding Apprenticeships across the United States. The Department’s ApprenticeshipUSA initiative engages businesses and partners across all industries to discuss the value of apprenticeships and to encourage greater adoption of it as a workforce and talent development strategy.

The RACC is a national network of postsecondary institutions, employers, unions and associations working to create opportunities for apprentice graduates who may want to further enhance their skills by completing an Associate’s or Bachelor’s Degree.

This toolkit provides helpful steps and resources to start and register an apprenticeship program, from exploring the apprenticeship model as a workforce strategy to launching a new program.

This quick guide provides information for companies, employers, labor, apprenticeship sponsors, educators, workforce professionals, intermediaries and community-based organizations on using the Federal funds and resources to support registered apprenticeship.

Over 200 Millennials in the Chicagoland area were surveyed, and roundtables were held with an additional 75 young adults, in order to learn more about what Millennials currently know about apprenticeships, and what they would like to see in an earn-and-learn opportunity. This report combines data on program effectiveness with the perspectives we heard from those discussions in order to make concrete recommendations for both employers and political decision-makers on how to build and brand an apprenticeship program that works for today’s young adults.

Young Invincibles (YI) is a national non-profit organization committed to expanding economic opportunity for young adults ages 18 – 34. In 2016, YI explored young adults’ understanding of apprenticeships and their needs in earn-and-learn opportunities. We found young adults from Chicago held three key misunderstandings: believing apprenticeships are unpaid opportunities like internships, do not currently exist in their community, and meant they could not earn a college degree. Unless programs address these misconceptions head on, putting compelling information directly into the hands of young adults, recruitment efforts may come up short.