November 13th – 17th, we celebrated the 9th Annual National Apprenticeship Week (NAW)!
NAW is a nationwide celebration where industry, labor, equity, workforce, education, and government leaders host events to showcase the successes and value of Registered Apprenticeship for re-building our economy, advancing racial and gender equity, and supporting underserved communities. NAW is an opportunity to highlight how Registered Apprenticeship, a proven and industry-driven training model, provides a critical talent pipeline that can help to address some of our nation’s pressing workforce challenges.
Earlier this year, we launched our Expanded Learning Apprenticeship–the first of its kind in the Expanded Learning/Afterschool sector in the state!
The program utilizes an earn-and-learn model—participants receive free tuition and courses through Berkeley City College while receiving paid on-the-job training and work experience with Girls Inc. of Alameda County– to promote career advancement for low-income people and people of color while simultaneously building the out-of-school workforce that is so essential to the work that we do.
To date, we have launched two cohorts and are in the process of recruiting a third. Each Apprentice brings unique strengths and experiences to their roles, and we are honored to bring them together in this powerful program to advance their careers and serve our youth.
If you or someone you know is interested in becoming an Apprentice, learn more here: