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ApprenticeshipPHL Celebrates First Annual Youth Apprenticeship Week! 

The Education Committee of ApprenticeshipPHL is excited to participate in the first annual Youth Apprenticeship Week (YAW) with the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Apprenticeship. Established following the format of National Apprenticeship Week held each November, YAW is a weeklong celebration, highlighting the benefits and values of Registered Apprenticeship and Pre-Apprenticeship programs for youth ages 16-24. The Education Committee members have been working together since February to plan a Pre-Apprenticeship Accelerator event and to develop additional resources on the APHL website for people to learn more about Registered Apprenticeship and Pre-Apprenticeship programs. Philadelphia Works staff are also participating in planning a community event, alongside the Philadelphia AFL-CIO and additional community partners specifically for youth and young adults, their parents and guardians, and others. This event will include fun, interactive activities as well as opportunities for young people to explore careers and Registered Apprenticeship programs in our area.

APHL Reveals a New Resource Page on the APHL Website.

Today, we are excited to reveal a new resource page on our website for youth, young adults, and career-seekers to learn more about apprenticeship! The new page features a motivational apprenticeship story from Philadelphia Works’ Board Member and CEO of Empower Construction, William Bowie. In his video, Mr. Bowie shares his personal experience growing up in Philadelphia and how he found an apprenticeship program that impacted his career journey. The new page also includes a video created by the PA Apprenticeship and Training Office, “What’s So Cool About Apprenticeships” as well as a short video featuring PA CareerLink® Youth Navigators who can help young people get connected to career services and apprenticeship programs in Philadelphia. Finally, teachers and career counselors can access and download a lesson plan designed to teach and prepare high school students for Registered Apprenticeships and Pre-Apprenticeships as a critical career pathway after graduation. We will continue to update this new page with additional resources and videos periodically. To view the updated page, click here.

Pre-Apprenticeship Accelerator

On Tuesday, ApprenticeshipPHL will host a Pre-Apprenticeship Accelerator aligning with YAW’s theme: “Youth Apprenticeships: Building Awareness, Myth Busting, Partnering with Educational Providers, and Creating Pathways through Pre-Apprenticeship.” Employers, current Registered Apprenticeship sponsors, community-based organizations, secondary and postsecondary institutions, and other critical partners will gather to learn how quality Registered Pre-Apprenticeship programs for high school students are an effective strategy to train and grow talent to meet workforce needs. “Where are All the Skilled Workers: Develop a Talent Pipeline through Pre-Apprenticeship” will cover the basics and benefits of the apprenticeship model, a panel discussion on quality program models, and opportunities for networking. We are grateful to our partners who are willing to share their experience and expertise:

Kristy Shuda McGuire (Moderator) – The Wistar Institute
Dan Chominski – Montgomery County Intermediate Unit
Sarah Hill – Community College of Philadelphia
Cheryl Lafferty – Philadelphia Academies, Inc.
Ron Walsh – Eastern Atlantic States Carpenters Technical College

Subject Matter Expert Organizations
Bucks County Intermediate Unit #22, Bucks and Montgomery County Workforce Development Boards, Commonwealth of PA/BJJS/PACTT, Delaware County Workforce Development Board, Department of Labor and Industry, First Builders Inc, Lincoln University, NuPaths, PASA Sustainable Agriculture, Philadelphia Academies, Inc., Progress Worx, The School District of Philadelphia, Urban Media Literacy, and We Love Philly.

APHL would like to extend our appreciation to the Education Committee members and planning teams for their contributions and support in making this work possible:

Lucia Angeles
Carlos Aponte
William Bowie
Jennifer Copeland
Jim Foti
Edison Freire
Sarah Hill
Charles Ireland
Melodee Jackson
Jennifer Kolb
Crystal Lanier

Ursula Marioth
Miya McAffee
Bernard Miller
Ariel Peterson
Andy Petroski
Kristy Shuda McGuire
Adina Tayar
Donna Tutak
Tiffany Unger
Gerald Weaver
Kelly Williams

To learn more and to connect with APHL, contact us here.

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