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1st Youth Apprenticeship Week

Building off the success of National Apprenticeship Week, the 1st Youth Apprenticeship Week (YAW) is a nationwide celebration that highlights the benefits and value of Registered Apprenticeship program opportunities for youth, ages 16–24. Employers, educators, labor unions, workforce professionals, and their partners across the country are launching Registered Apprenticeship programs that allow youth to earn competitive wages while obtaining the relevant training and experience to start their careers, often including the opportunity to earn college credit. YAW is an opportunity for these stakeholders and others to host events across the country to bring awareness of these life-changing Registered Apprenticeship career opportunities for youth and how they create a sustainable pipeline of skilled and diverse talent for the jobs of today and tomorrow for critical industries.

It is never too early to start planning. Here are the daily themes:

  • Monday: “Parents and Guardians are a Priority” in Registered Apprenticeship
  • Tuesday: Youth Apprenticeships: Building Awareness, Myth Busting, Partnering with Educational Providers, and Creating Pathways through Pre-Apprenticeship.
  • Wednesday: Expanding Youth Apprenticeship Opportunities for Underserved Populations
  • Thursday: National Youth Apprenticeship Signing Day
  • Friday: Federal Partners Day and Call to Action

The first Youth Apprenticeship Week (YAW) will run from May 5 to 11, 2024. The event highlights the benefits and value of registered apprenticeship program opportunities for youth aged 16 to 24.

According to Apprenticeship USA officials, YAW seeks to build on the current rise of youth apprentices. Over the past 10 years, the number of youths in apprenticeships has increased by 118%, from 119,996 to 262,221.

Officials explain that YAW is a great opportunity for employers, educators, labor unions and workforce professionals to host events and activities to raise awareness of apprenticeship benefits. Activities can include recruitment fairs, open houses, social media challenges, virtual tours, podcasts and more.

Source: 1st Youth Apprenticeship Week is the U.S. government website that helps you create, maintain, and strengthen effective youth programs. Included are youth facts, funding information, and tools to help you assess community assets, generate maps of local and federal resources, search for evidence-based youth programs, and keep up-to-date on the latest, youth-related news.

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