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Accelerating Public-Sector Apprenticeships

Public-sector apprenticeships are a powerful and underused tool for workforce and economic development. When state and local governments create apprenticeship programs for jobs where hiring is a challenge, those roles benefit from an infusion of talent. At the same time, apprentices benefit by earning wages, learning new skills, and building valuable work experience.

Join the Urban Institute and The Council of State Governments (CSG) to learn about the advantages of public-sector apprenticeships, how states can apply to receive support to launch or expand such apprenticeships, and the benefits of participating in the apprenticeship consortium. The event will feature both Urban and CSG experts and youth apprentices employed in the public sector.

To learn more about the public-sector apprenticeship consortium and access the application to receive technical assistance from the Urban Institute and CSG, please view the RFP.



  • Arleth Aguilar, Paraprofessional Apprentice, Denver Public Schools
  • Andrew Campbell, Policy Program Associate, Urban Institute
  • Diana Elliott, Principal Research Associate, Urban Institute
  • Ajahi Jernigan, Building Maintenance Apprentice, Prince George’s County Public Schools 
  • Dina Klimkina, Program Director, The Council of State Governments
  • John Marotta, Policy Associate, Urban Institute
  • Derrick Ramsey, Nonresident Fellow, Urban Institute; former Secretary of Education and Workforce Development, Kentucky




Funding for this event was provided by the US Department of Labor. For more on Urban’s funding policies,  go to

We strive to host inclusive, accessible events that enable all individuals, including individuals with disabilities, to engage fully. Please email [email protected] if you require any accommodations or have any questions about this event.

Photo credit: Monkey Business Images/Shutterstock


Date & Time Tuesday, May 11, 2021

  • Policy Program Manager (Policy Management)
  • Senior Fellow, Research
  • Senior Policy Associate