National Skills Coalition, New America and partners move Apprenticeship Forward

By Katie Spiker, May 12, 2017

On May 4th and 5th, National Skills Coalition and New America, along with seven other organizations and in consultation with the Departments of Education and Labor, brought together 600 leaders from the apprenticeship community at Apprenticeship Forward. We heard from business leaders championing apprenticeship, state leaders working to expand apprenticeship in their communities, education and training providers preparing students and workers for their new careers, and apprentices who showcased how well apprenticeship can connect skilled, passionate workers to willing companies.  Most importantly, each of the attendees contributed to the dialogue through discussion groups and engagement with each other throughout the two days.

Apprenticeship Forward was a first of its kind convening, intended to continue the momentum around expanding apprenticeship in the U.S. It focused on three critical challenges facing this expansion: increasing industry engagement across a range of sectors and firms; addressing equity issues while diversifying the apprenticeship pipeline; and implementing new public policies that can support industry’s taking apprenticeship to scale.

Even if you weren’t at the conference, there are a few ways for you to stay in touch and join in the work to move apprenticeship forward!

  1. Visit as we update the site to include videos, images, and other content from the conference partners and sponsors.
  2. Watch for Apprenticeship Forward follow-up in NSC emails to read about and connect with the apprenticeship efforts of conference partners.
  3. Continue the conversation on social media using the conference social media tool kit and your own success stories – we’ll be following #apprenticeship and #apprenticeshipworks.

Finally, an extra thank you to our Apprenticeship Forward sponsors: JPMorgan Chase & Co., Siemens Foundation, The  Annie E. Casey Foundation, The Joyce Foundation, and The JPB Foundation.   And kudos to the Departments of Labor and Education, as well as all our conference sponsors.