A Look at Iowa’s Innovative High School Apprenticeship Program

Fact Sheet

A Look at Iowa’s Innovative High School Apprenticeship Program

Abstract

Youth apprenticeship ensures that students earn money while they learn the skills for a rewarding career. Successful elements of Iowa’s statewide initiative to expand youth apprenticeships include constructive partnerships between high schools and private-sector businesses, effective supporting organizations, and engaged state leadership and investment. This fact sheet summarizes highlights from Urban Institute’s case study of Iowa’s initiative, which explores the partnerships needed to create youth apprenticeship programs, as well as the impacts the programs have on businesses, students, schools, and communities. Iowa’s successes and challenges in building a youth apprenticeship system can serve as useful lessons for policymakers and practitioners working to create their own.

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