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Reaching for the Moon: Can America Deliver 5 Million Additional Apprenticeships?

The Urban Institute and Franklin Apprenticeships hosted the third annual Transatlantic Apprenticeship Exchange Forum on Tuesday, November 14, during National Apprenticeship Week. The forum addressed the idea of the “moonshot” to create 5 million apprenticeships in the US. Apprenticeship and industry leaders in the United States and the United Kingdom discussed practical means by which quality apprenticeships can be expanded through initiatives in marketing, financing, developing occupational standards, and other solutions.

The forum included the following panels:

  • Sharing the Costs, Sharing the Benefits
  • Occupational Frameworks and Competencies: How Broad, How Narrow?
  • Selling and Organizing Apprenticeships 



  • Tom Bewick, President, Transatlantic Apprenticeship Exchange Forum
  • Michael Bolton, Vice President, MAXIMUS
  • Graham Hasting-Evans, Group Managing Director, NOCN
  • Tamar Jacoby, President and CEO, Opportunity America
  • Daniel Kuehn, Research Associate, Urban Institute
  • Robert Lerman, Institute Fellow, Urban Institute
  • Hannah Lloyd, Managing Director, Element Skills Training
  • Ned McCulloch, Global Issue Manager for Skill Development and Education, IBM
  • Steve Middleton, CEO, Elite Apprentices
  • Brad Neese, Associate Vice President and Director, Apprenticeship Carolina
  • Kimberly Nichols, CEO, Franklin Apprenticeships
  • Robert Park, Vice President, Meritize
  • Brent Parton, Deputy Director, Center on Education and Skills, New America
  • Derrick Ramsey, Secretary, Kentucky Labor Cabinet
  • Paul Ray, Counselor to the Secretary, US Department of Labor
  • Ben Rowland, Cofounder, Arch Apprentices
  • Andy Van Kleunen, CEO, National Skills Coalition
  • Sarah Rosen Wartell, President, Urban Institute
  • David Willett, Head of Propositions, The Open University
  • Nicholas Wyman, Cofounder and Chief Executive Officer, Skilling Australia Foundation

The program will begin promptly at 9:00 a.m., with breakfast served at 8:30 a.m. and lunch served at 12:30 p.m. For inquiries regarding this event, please contact [email protected]. Support for this event is provided by Open University. For more information on the Urban Institute’s funding principles, go to


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Date & Time Tuesday, November 14, 2017
Urban Institute 2100 M Street NW
5th floor
Washington , DC , 20036
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