What can public workforce system service providers do to encourage women, and other underrepresented populations, to take advantage of the many employment opportunities with family-sustaining wages often afforded through registered apprenticeships?

To further discussions about relevant policy proposals, these resources curated in the Workforce System Strategies community, present findings, identify key strategies, and describe fundamental principles for workforce professionals and partner entities to achieve expanded apprenticeship participation for these populations.

Supporting Community College Delivery of Apprenticeships (2018)
This resource presents findings on apprenticeship program design, occupations, and participant diversity from a survey of 38 community colleges; and recommends four areas of focus for organizations partnering with community colleges to expand apprenticeship initiatives. One of these focus areas is the recommendation to support robust outreach, recruitment and retention of underrepresented occupations to advance apprenticeship at community colleges.

Making Apprenticeship Work for Opportunity Youth (2017)
This resource describes two pre-apprenticeship-to-apprenticeship training programs in Philadelphia and New Orleans that target opportunity youth (youth who are neither working nor engaged in education); and uses these programs to highlight key strategies that make pre-apprenticeship programs successful and the benefits of such programs to opportunity youth, businesses, and the public.

Making Work-Based Learning Work (2016)
This resource presents principles for effective work-based learning that respond to the needs of both employers and underserved populations, based on models that expand access in Washington State, Georgia, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Kentucky, California, and elsewhere.

Pre-Apprenticeship: Pathways for Women into High-Wage Careers (2015)
This guide focuses on pre-apprenticeship strategies for improving women with employment barriers’ access to enter apprenticeship programs for non-traditional occupations. The term “non-traditional” refers to occupations in which women are typically underrepresented such as construction, advanced manufacturing, and information technology.