Friday, October 29, 2021

12:00 PM to 1:00 PM

Eastern Daylight Time

Virtual Event

Apprenticeships offer the opportunity for workers to learn a career on-the-job through work-based learning and mentoring with supplemental classroom training. What happens, though, when a pandemic halts in-person activities that may be essential for apprenticeships? During the pandemic, organizations had to quickly rethink accommodating online and hybrid learning, hiring strategies, and mentoring in real-time. Consequently, the last 18 months have produced new strategies and innovations in how apprenticeship programs across the globe were implemented.

Please join the Urban Institute and DIAG USA for a reflection on cross-national apprenticeship lessons learned, with a focus on how German and US organizations adapted and fared during the pandemic.



  • Stefan Dietl, Global Head of Vocational Education, Festo
  • Diana Elliott, Principal Research Associate, Urban Institute
  • Miriam Farnbauer, Project Director, Skills Initiative
  • Chun Lu, Director, Microsoft Apprenticeship Programs; Cofounder, Microsoft Leap Apprenticeship Program
  • Bruce Noble, Regional Director of Employer Engagement for the Energy Construction & Utilities Sector, California Community College's Chancellor's Office


Support for this event is provided by DIAG USA and WunderbarTogether. For more information on the Urban Institute’s funding principles, go to urban.org/fundingprinciples.

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

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