Webinar Recording

Race and Registered Apprenticeship: RA's Role in Driving Equity

At a Glance

In this virtual event, current and former state apprenticeship directors discussed how they are working to expand racial and economic equity in Registered Apprenticeship.

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“Now our struggle is for genuine equality, which means economic equality. For we know now, that it isn't enough to integrate lunch counters. What does it profit a man to be able to eat at an integrated lunch counter if he doesn't have enough money to buy a hamburger?” Dr. Martin Luther King Jr invoked economic equality as a necessary part of racial equality. Yet, in many ways, our country is at least as divided economically as it was in 1968.

As a training program that leads to high-quality and high-paying jobs, Registered Apprenticeship has the potential to serve as a solution to achieving greater equity. To reach that potential, apprenticeship leaders and providers must confront the structural racism that persists within the U.S. workforce, including the Registered Apprenticeship system. In this webinar, current and former state apprenticeship directors discussed how they are expanding racial and economic equity in Registered Apprenticeship.


Developed with the U.S. Department of Labor. Pursuant to the National Apprenticeship Act, the Department of Labor works to expand opportunities related to apprenticeship programs. This project has been funded, either wholly or in part, with Federal funds from the Department of Labor, Employment & Training Administration under the contract number/work order DOL-OPS-16-A-0012/1605DC-18-F-00060. The contents of this publication do not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the Department of Labor, nor does mention of trade names, commercial products, or organizations imply endorsement of same by the U.S. Government.

Your Action Steps to Furthering Equity in Apprenticeship

Share what actions you are taking to further racial equity in apprenticeship. We'll share them here to inspire and encourage others into taking their own next steps. Not sure where to start? Reach out to your federal or state apprenticeship representative.

Contacting local companies and help them understand the process and opportunity.

USW Local 286 Registered Apprenticeship Program will be partnering with Community College of Philadelphia to add Pre-Apprenticeship to our local program with a focus on minorities in our union and minority communities.