Growing Equity and Diversity Through Apprenticeship: Business Perspectives

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More than 20 leading employers and industry associations share strategies for making apprenticeship programs more accessible to people from underrepresented populations.

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Despite the ongoing evolution of apprenticeship programs, there have been concerns that not all Americans have equal access to apprenticeship opportunities. To understand how providers of apprenticeship programs can better support women, people of color, and others who have encountered barriers preventing them from accessing or completing work-based training programs, JFF interviewed more than two-dozen business representatives and industry leaders.

This paper explores the strategies that leading companies and industry associations are using to make apprenticeship models more diverse and inclusive and, in turn, advance equity in their companies and the communities they serve.

“The work is ongoing, but it is in the best interests of businesses to embrace the kind of wholesale changes needed to retain and support workforces whose demographics match those of their customers and the communities they serve.”

This work has been funded through the generous support of the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

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For a brief summary of the approaches in this report, read 4 Strategies for Incorporating Equity and Diversity in Your Apprenticeship Program.