National Apprenticeship Week, which this year runs from November 8-14, was created by the Department of Labor in 2015 to highlight the success and popularity of apprenticeship programs around the country. Apprenticeships have played a crucial role in the development of the United States labor force and continue to provide Americans with opportunities to gain valuable skills and better support themselves and their families. Below is a brief overview of apprenticeship programs’ purpose, successes, and current and future challenges. Pieces for the remainder of the week will consider each of these in further detail.




The Future of Apprenticeships

Executive Summary The industry makeup of current federal apprenticeships has barely changed since the creation of Registered Apprenticeship Programs in 1937. Apprenticeships are still largely concentrated in goods-producing industries, but Bureau of Labor Statistics projections indicate that the majority of…



Women and Apprenticeships

Executive Summary Women make up 57 percent of the U.S. labor force, but only 9 percent of all active federal apprenticeships. The reasons for this disparity are worth exploring, and one likely explanation is that women typically do not choose…



Industry-Recognized Apprenticeship Programs vs Registered Apprenticeship Programs

The latest major change to apprenticeship programs on the federal level is the creation of the Industry-Recognized Apprenticeship Program (IRAP).



National Apprenticeship Week

Executive Summary  It’s National Apprenticeship Week—a perfect opportunity to analyze the state of apprenticeship programs in the United States. While there has been significant effort toward expanding apprenticeship programs, these programs are facing several challenges including duplicative efforts with limited…