Highlights promising practices shared by leaders in pre-apprenticeship programs that prepare and provide access to jobs in the construction sector.

“The construction sector in the United States is vital in both helping drive the country’s economic growth and in employing millions of people across the nation…. As the country looks to the construction industry to be a job creator and leader in moving the United States toward a more prosperous and greener economy, a greater understanding of the workforce strategies and polices that help shape our construction workforce is essential.

To help foster this understanding, the Aspen Institute’s Workforce Strategies Initiative (WSI) continues to investigate how pre-apprenticeship programs are used to train low-income and disadvantaged adults for careers in construction. The aim of this research is to shed light on how these programs may be better utilized as part of a broader workforce development strategy for the construction sector. For the research presented in this paper, [the authors] interviewed 25 leaders of promising and innovative pre-apprenticeship programs across the country to explore factors that impact how programs are designed and to identify policies that constrain and support their efforts” (p.iv).

“[The authors] asked the program leaders a range of questions about their program design, population served, partnerships, relationships to business and industry, funding, strategy with respect to ‘green,’ and impressions regarding public or industry policies that affect their work” (p. 2).

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