The Youth Apprenticeship Intermediary Project


Project Background

In cooperation with the US Department of Labor’s Office of Apprenticeship, the Urban Institute and its partners will be acting as intermediaries connecting schools, colleges, employers, workforce development organizations, and other stakeholders to increase the quality and quantity of registered youth apprenticeships. These apprenticeships may begin during high school, but most are expected to continue after high school and include postsecondary education. All will meet the standards of a registered apprenticeship pursuant to 29 CFR Parts 29 & 30.

The benefits of youth apprenticeship include the following:

  1. jumpstarting the transition from school to career by learning and earning at the same time;
  2. gaining workplace-relevant skills in the field of your choice through on-the-job learning;
  3. connecting with mentors in your chosen industry who can help you advance your career;
  4. offering employers a cost-effective approach to training toward your specific staffing needs; and
  5. recruiting a skilled workforce in a wide range of high-growth industries such as IT, health care, transportation, finance, and more.

Starting in July 2019, we are committed to creating apprenticeships in 10 or more sites for a total of at least 900 youth apprentices over 5 years. We will create 225 or more apprenticeships in the first year.

Services We Provide

Our team of Urban staff and experienced apprenticeship consultants will provide important services to schools, employers, and other stakeholders to help prepare them for starting and expanding registered youth apprenticeship programs. These services include the following:

  1. helping high schools and associated dual-enrollment programs provide courses required for the apprenticeship (related technical instruction) and assisting in advising students and parents in understanding the opportunity to apprentice;
  2. providing modest funding to help employers offset the training costs of a Registered Apprenticeship program;
  3. stimulating employer offers linked with existing and new Registered Apprenticeship programs;
  4. working with employers to select occupations, identify competencies for occupational proficiency, and register programs with state and/or federal apprenticeship agencies; and
  5. providing linkages to apprenticeship resources and research.

Opportunities for Partnership

The Urban Institute team is seeking to partner with organizations and networks to advance this work. This is a terrific opportunity for industries, employers, and schools to be part of a larger national effort, be leaders in this space, and help develop youth apprenticeship programs in a wide range of industries.  To learn more, please email:


Developed with the U.S. Department of Labor
Pursuant to the National Apprenticeship Act, the Department of Labor works to expand opportunities related to apprenticeship programs.
This Project has been funded, either wholly or in part, with Federal funds from the Department of Labor, Employment & Training Administration under the contract number/work order 47QRAA18D003Z/ 1630DC-19-F-00038. The contents of this publication do not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the Department of Labor, nor does mention of trade names, commercial products, or organizations imply endorsement of the same by the U.S. Government.