Engaging Employers in Apprenticeship Opportunities

Making It Happen Locally

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This joint OECD-ILO publication provides guidance on how local and regional governments can foster business-education partnerships in apprenticeship programmes and other types of work-based learning, drawing on case studies across nine countries. There has been increasing interest in apprenticeships which combine on the job training with classroom-based study, providing a smooth transition from school to work. There are benefits to both individuals and employers from participating in apprenticeships, including increased productivity and job quality. Successful implementation is contingent on having a high level of employer engagement at the local level, notably in the design, development and delivery of programmes.



The urban technology project in Philadelphia, United States

This chapter presents the case study of the Urban Technology Project, an apprenticeship programme in Philadelphia that aims to promote IT skills among disadvantaged youth through work-based training in the public school system. The programme is unique in America, where apprenticeships still tend to focus on the acquisition of technical and trades-related skills. The establishment, structure and subsequent evolution of the Urban Technology project are further explored.


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