Pre-Apprenticeship: Pathways for Women into High-Wage Careers

A Guide for Community-Based Organizations and Workforce Providers

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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.


Pre-Apprenticeship Tools and Resources Five Key components


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.

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