- 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?
- 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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