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  • Apprenticeship

    Apprenticeship programs connect workers to high-quality careers through training pathways that allow them to earn while they learn in-demand skills. As public investments help the apprenticeship system grow in scale and diversify across industries, practitioners and policymakers also increasingly seek to transform apprenticeships into a more equitable and inclusive tool for economic advancement. The Urban Institute supports quality apprenticeships through developing programs, creating modern tools, research, and evaluating programs and investments. Learn more at Urban's apprenticeship website.   

    Recent Analysis and Insights

    • Urban has helped register more than 3,500 apprentices in more than 100 occupations across the country.
    • The median return on investment for employers using registered apprentices is $144 for every $100 invested, based on an evaluation of the recent American Apprenticeship Initiative.
    • Employers also gain host of nonmonetary benefits from their apprenticeship programs, ranging from improved company culture to increased employee loyalty.
    • Unions are a long-standing cornerstone of the Registered Apprenticeship system, and three examples of youth-focused apprenticeship programs demonstrate how they can connect the next generation of workers to union pathways.
    • Apprenticeships are new to the tech industry, and five key strategies can help expand these programs and support greater equity in the sector. Strategies include making engagement easier for employers through incentives and administrative support as well as elevating organizations that focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion outcomes.

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