Broadening the Apprenticeship Pipeline
The merits of job training and apprenticeship programs are well known, but certain populations could stand to benefit more from these valuable tools if apprenticeship programs were expanded. Affordable child care and pre-apprenticeship trainings can help more women, low-wage workers, and parents develop the stability and skills needed to succeed in work-based learning programs. The National Skills Coalition lists components of successful pre-employment programs, including case management, coverage of associated costs like transportation, job search and financial assistance, and connections to industry partners and child care centers. They also recommend ways to align TANF, SNAP, and workforce system funds to support pre-employment and child care initiatives.