Dear Community Of Practice - April 2021

Source: SLO Partners

Dear Apprenticeship Community of Practice, 


Our April Grow Apprenticeship California newsletter will share resources related to supporting apprentices through equitable apprenticeship design. As we continue to bring a diverse set of voices and partners together to discuss effective practices associated with the development of quality apprenticeship programs, we find the discussion of equity essential to moving this work forward. Through our latest technical assistance activities, the Apprenticeship Support Network team is intentionally exploring what’s needed to holistically support a learner seeking to participate in an apprenticeship program, and the information apprenticeship programs should be aware of when supporting the apprentices in their respective programs.
In this issue’s In Case You Missed It section, you will find the recording of the Equitable Apprenticeship: Identifying Effective Practices webinar, which aired March 9, along with key highlights captured from the session. During the webinar, High Road Alliance (HRA) provided an overview of the issues and opportunities identified by surveying apprenticeship practitioners across California, followed by a series of Peer Learning Circles that identified effective practices and collective interest in growing the field of equitable apprenticeship. Our presenters shared with the audience key findings from the survey, effective practices programs can implement, and how apprenticeship programs can actively participate in a network of leaders doing the critical work of shaping equitable pre-apprenticeship apprenticeship programs.
Our Tips From the Field section includes resources related to an equitable apprenticeship. The Equitable Apprenticeship Framework, developed by High Road Alliance and the Apprenticeship Support Network Team, describes a process of identifying and addressing issues of equity in apprenticeship. The framework provides five focus areas an apprenticeship team can use to identify disparities in access and inclusion, devise solutions, try out new strategies, and learn from what is put in place to address equity challenges proactively. In addition to the framework, we have included a sample of the forthcoming Equitable Apprenticeship Toolkit, which will provide various information gathering and action planning tools to address equity issues in apprenticeship.


Readers will find an excellent read on The Bookshelf from the Coalition on Adult Basic Education titled, “Opening Doors to Apprenticeship for English Language Learners.” This article describes a research study involving English-as-a-Second-Language (ESL) instructors, program staff, and thought leaders to learn how English learners participate in apprenticeships, critical elements of apprenticeships serving English learners, and what is needed to sustain and scale apprenticeships equitably.
Finally, check out our Announcements section for news on upcoming events and other happenings in the workforce system. 
We hope this April newsletter is a resource to help those seeking to better understand the connection between equity and apprenticeship and why developing programs with an equity lens is important to the expansion and success of apprenticeship here in California.
Until next month and with care,
Apprenticeship Support Network Team