• The purpose of this study is to evaluate the American Apprenticeship Initiative (AAI) training programs across all 46 grantees. The AAI programs seek to: increase apprentices' access to high-growth occupations and industries; create career pathways that encompass apprenticeship and align with post-secondary educational opportunities; utilize strategies that increase apprenticeship opportunities for underrepresented populations; implement new and innovative public polices or public-private partnerships that increase demand for apprenticeship; and encourage employers to adopt and offer apprenticeship opportunities.

Overarching Research Questions:

  • What benefits accrue to employers of apprenticeship?
  • On the supply side, how do AAI grantees generate apprenticeship slots?
  • On the demand side, how do AAI grantees and employers identify strong candidates for apprenticeship?
  • What are the key features of an AAI apprenticeship?
  • What are the employment outcomes for apprentices?
  • What innovations and lessons form the basis for broader change and sustainability that encourages employers to adopt apprenticeships?

Key Components:

  • Implementation analysis to describe how AAI programs develop, operate and mature
  • Outcomes analysis to describe the range of in-program and post-program outcomes for apprenticeship participants
  • Return on investment analysis to estimate the benefits and costs of apprenticeship to employers

Program Duration: 60 Months

Contract End Date: April 2021

Contractor: Abt Associates, with the Urban Institute, MEF Associates, W.E. Upjohn Institute, Capital Research Corporation, George Washington University, McBassi & Company

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