Governors and other state leaders play a critical role in shaping a policy landscape that facilitates efforts to increase the availability of high-quality youth apprenticeship pathways.
During a time of increased concern over worker shortages, skill gaps and workforce readiness, youth apprenticeship has emerged as an important strategy to prepare the future workforce and meet the needs of the evolving economy, to build consistent and diverse talent pipelines and to improve career prospects and economic outcomes for learners.
Governors and other state leaders play a critical role in shaping a policy landscape that facilitates, rather than complicates or impedes, efforts to increase the availability of high-quality youth apprenticeship pathways into family-sustaining careers or further postsecondary education.
Creating this environment requires policies that broadly support career readiness ecosystems by improving connections and alignment across education and workforce systems, as well as policies that specifically uplift youth apprenticeship programs and facilitate greater student, employer and partner participation.
For more information on NGA’s work on youth apprenticeship please contact: Rachael Stephens Parker, Program Director, Workforce Development and Economic Policy, [email protected]