JFF’s Center for Apprenticeship & Work-Based Learning to enroll opportunities for young people
Instead of pumping time and money into some unnecessary teaching standards, institutions need to focus on apprenticeship programs while encouraging young-force to connect with meaningful curriculums. The process should include high-quality tasks based on real-world applications. Transforming the workforce for more than 35 years, JFF, a national non-profit organization vigorously cultivating the American workforce and education systems.
JFF has led the way in designing innovative and scalable solutions that create access to economic advancements for all. The consistency entitled the company with more than $16 million in new funding from public and private awards to create and scale real-world training opportunities through a major expansion of its Center for Apprenticeship & Work-Based Learning.
Work-based learning programs to fill baby boomer voids
America has been facing a shortage of skilled labor driven by baby boomer retirements and expensive tuition costs are adding salt to that by preventing youngsters from pursuing college educations to fill the gap. Also, the employers and policymakers are looking beyond standard hiring practices, digging ways to let young people walk easily for the required. Employers are turning to youth apprenticeships, high school-based Registered Apprenticeships, and other forms of work-based learning (WBL) to prepare youth and younger adults for the future of work.
Need to raise the bar on pre-apprenticeships
The Center promises to support the design, implementation, scaling of high-quality apprenticeships with funding from the U.S. Department of Labor and Salesforce. As part of the mission, the Center provides valuable resources and tools to help adapt the work-based learning lifestyle.
- Work-based learning framework: The framework visualizes how different methods of work-based learning fall onto a continuum of four areas: Career Exploration, Career Exposure, Career Engagement, and Career Experience.
- Competency-based apprenticeship programs: These programs can offer needed flexibility for employers and program sponsors and provide a way to determine if apprentices are skilled enough to be employed.
- Webinar and how apprenticeship programs are serving veterans: With the on-going expansion of apprenticeship across the nation, numerous employers have focused on strengthening their workforce by providing Veterans with specific apprenticeship opportunities.
The capital to secure and drive the youth
- Drive the Expansion of High School-Based Registered Apprenticeships: A five-year, $9.7 million contract from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration (ETA) to build both the capacity and number of high-quality Registered Apprenticeship programs serving high school students.
- Enroll 500 Opportunity Youth in Apprenticeships: A three-year, $5.6 million contract from the ETA to expand Registered Apprenticeship programs for the 4.69 million people between the ages of 18 and 24 who are neither enrolled in school nor working.
- Design and Implement Pre-Apprenticeship Programs: More than $1 million to design and implement pre-apprenticeship programs for the information technology industry and help employers recruit apprentices.