Tips from the Field

  • Boosting California’s Recovery through Equitable Apprenticeship. The Irvine Foundation’s Better Careers initiative grantees, including apprenticeship champions from industry and education, gathered for a series of four virtual convenings to explore ways to grow and sustain apprenticeship. This blog post includes the Call to Action generated by the grantees and offers several short-term and achievable strategies. 
  • Strong Workforce Apprenticeship Program In L.A. County Drawing Rave Reviews. This California Forward news feature highlights the great work happening in Los Angeles County by the Strong Workforce Apprenticeship Group (SWAG). In this article, Jeffrey Forrest, vice president, Economic and Workforce Development at College of the Canyons, offers insights into the origin story of SWAG and includes some critical lessons learned and considerations for programs looking to develop a similar program, engage industry, and build strong partnerships.
  • 4 Strategies for Incorporating Equity and Diversity in Your Apprenticeship Program.  In this brief, readers learn four approaches businesses use to increase equity and diversity in their apprenticeship programs. These four strategies focus on recruitment and selection processes, preparation of entry into apprenticeship programs, flexible and responsive training, and design supports for post apprenticeship success. The information provided by the authors is sure to be valuable for all interested in developing equitable and diverse programs for all potential apprentices.