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Apprenticeshipalooza: Work-and-Learn Gets Big Boost

Since its creation, the National Network has prioritized and focused on expanding quality work-and-learn models that help employers across the economy improve their workforce – and students and job seekers realize skills for job success.

Apprenticeship—when done right—is a proven model that can be adapted to a diverse range of industries, workplaces and participants. In its simplest form, apprenticeship integrates structured education and training with on-the-job experiences that harness the power of learning through work.

Several National Network members are leading the charge to expand apprenticeships within their respective sectors. In fact, the U.S. Department of Labor recently selected three National Network members as partners in expanding apprenticeship opportunities across the United States.

The American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) Foundation was selected to lead a Healthcare Workforce Consortium, which will focus on growing apprenticeships in the health care arena. AHIMA Foundation Executive Director William Rudman, PhD, emphasizes that the apprenticeship programs will “serve as a catalyst to create job opportunities and career pathways for those entering into and those seeking career advancement in all health care professions.”

The National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF), in partnership with the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) and Jobs for the Future (JFF), will create and implement a national Hospitality Sector Registered Apprenticeship (HSRA) initiative for the restaurant, foodservice and hotel and lodging industries.

The National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) will serve as an industry intermediary to support the expansion of registered apprenticeships within manufacturing. NIMS will work with industry, workforce and education partners to increase access to apprenticeships and assist employers in developing new programs that reach diverse talent pools.