State Apprenticeship Expansion: Preparing American Workers for a 21st Century Economy

Prepared for
U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration

The Registered Apprenticeship system has been utilized to meet the needs of America's skilled workforce for over 75 years. It is a flexible training system that combines job-related technical instruction with structured on-the-job learning experiences to prepare American workers to compete in a global 21st Century economy.

This study focuses on the progress state grantees and national contractors are making as part of the nation’s efforts to expand Registered Apprenticeships. Mathematica, with team members from the Urban Institute and Social Policy Research Associates, is surveying states and interviewing grantees and contractors to understand their accomplishments, challenges, and strategies used in efforts to expand apprenticeships.