Apprenticeship programs are growing across the nation as a proven training model for providing businesses with a highly-skilled workforce. For workers, apprenticeships are life-changing - helping them start a pathway to careers with good wages, benefits, and chances for advancement.
Possibilities exist to expand apprenticeship training for all workers - including opportunities for women to enter non-traditional careers. For those who may need preparation and the basic skills to enter an apprenticeship, pre-apprenticeship programs are the first step.
This guide offers information and resources to help community-based organizations and other workforce intermediaries build and sustain quality pre-apprenticeship programs.
To launch quality pre-apprenticeship programs that help women enter apprenticeships in non-traditional career fields, organizations will want to focus on five key elements.
Tools from community-based organizations with successful pre-apprenticeship programs and additional resources are provided for each element.
|Partnerships||Partnerships, with businesses and others, are a vital component of a successful pre-apprenticeship program.|
|Recruitment and Selection||Strong recruitment and careful assessment of pre-apprenticeship candidates will help your participants and your program succeed.|
|Training Curriculum||An effective curriculum includes basic occupational skills and job readiness (soft) skills, specifically tailored to the workforce needs of your business partners.|
|Retention||Participants may need ongoing support to complete your program, and there are steps you can take, such as building peer networks, to promote retention.|
|Sustainability||Once your pre-apprenticeship program is in place, you will want to look ahead and implement strategies for sustainability and continuous improvement.|