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The Registered Apprenticeship Technical Assistance Center of Excellence is focused on helping key stakeholders build and scale strategic partnerships to put more American workers on high-quality apprenticeship career pathways.

Registered apprenticeship is the proven gold standard in workforce development. Better aligning industry, workforce and education around apprenticeship can help build a stronger, more resilient, and future-ready American workforce.

Utilize the dropdown menu to find resources to better equip your area of expertise in apprenticeship.


Workforce System Registered Apprenticeship Baseline Knowledge Assessment Report
15 Mar 2023

This assessment identifies specific registered apprenticeship-related knowledge gaps within the workforce system. Findings will be used to inform design of field-relevant technical assistance for the purpose of increasing utilization of apprenticeship by the workforce system when serving employers and job seekers.

Leveraging Earn-and-Learn Models for Immigrants and Refugees: Creating English Onramps to Apprenticeship Programs
18 Feb 2023

With a national focus on reskilling and upskilling job seekers and incumbent workers for in-demand careers, many organizations are turning to apprenticeship programs to deliver this training. Earn-and-learn models are excellent ways to increase access to careers with family sustaining wages. Unfortunately, many immigrants, refugees, and speakers of other languages are unable to access these programs, simply because English is a barrier. In this webinar, you’ll learn how institutions can offer flexible, blended English onramps to apprenticeship programs. The discussion will center on practical, evidence-based ways of delivering career-specific English language training at scale with a focus on models that can work across sectors and contexts. The presentation will include time for questions so participants can discuss how to adapt these models for their own contexts.


Assessing and Building Youth Apprenticeship
08 Feb 2023

Katie Adams, Senior Director at Safal Partners, discusses youth apprenticeship for the California Workforce Association. During this webinar, an overview of registered apprenticeship, partnerships, and opportunities for policy guidance is presented.

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Maximizing Your Workforce Potential: How Apprenticeships Can Benefit Your Company
06 Feb 2023

Center of Excellence partner, FASTPORT, is interviewed on Weld Wednesday with the American Welding Society (AWS).

Industry experts Scott Ellsworth, MBA and Joseph Young discuss the benefits of setting up apprenticeships for your company. They explain how to utilize the resources provided by the AWS to establish effective training programs for your employees.

By building your workforce from the ground up with apprenticeships, you can ensure that all of your employees receive the same training and possess the same skills, leading to a more cohesive and efficient team. This podcast goes into the details of how to get started with apprenticeship programs and discover why the cost and time investment is well worth it.


The Foundation for Grossmont & Cuyamaca Colleges is calling for applicants for the Regional Apprenticeship Director position for their San Diego and Imperial Counties Regional Consortium.
23 Jan 2023

The Apprenticeship Director will co-create, develop and lead the regional apprenticeship efforts for the San Diego & Imperial Counties Community Colleges Regional Consortium and its colleges. In addition to providing support for the colleges, this position will manage apprenticeship program standards, rules, and regulations in compliance with appropriate government agencies and assist in developing appropriate apprenticeship/experiential learning programs across the region by leveraging partnerships and resources. The Apprenticeship Director will work under the direction of the Regional Consortium Chair.

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Apprenticeship Partnership Team - Advantages and How To's
20 Jan 2023

The Missouri Department of Higher Education and Workforce Development (DHEWD) has worked hard to modernize and expand the legacy apprenticeship framework in the state, and to create non-traditional Registered Apprenticeship programs. The Apprenticeship Partnership Team was formed to address the challenges, solutions, and sustainability of RA programs in Missouri. Join us to take a look at the advantages and steps to starting your own Apprenticeship Partnership Team.

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Promising Practice with Youth Apprenticeships: ARCH
20 Jan 2023

This webinar will provide a technical look at how one Office of Education developed pre-apprenticeships and apprenticeships to help resolve the talent pipeline challenge they faced. Join us to hear Pam Knapp, San Joaquin County Office of Education as she explains why they started this journey and what she advises for those just starting out with Youth Apprenticeships.

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Do Employers Earn a Positive Return on Investment in Apprenticeship?
16 Jan 2023

The Urban Institute recently published a report for the U.S. DOL documenting the return-on-investment (ROI) estimates that the American Apprenticeship Initiative employers made by investing in apprenticeship programs over a 5-year period with key findings "that the median ROI is $1.44."

Developing or Expanding a Registered Apprenticeship Program Questionnaire
12 Jan 2023

This questionnaire is intended to help your organization answer important internal questions in preparation for working with your local US Department of Labor Office of Apprenticeship (DOL OA) staff or State Apprenticeship Agency (SAA) staff to develop or expand a registered apprenticeship (RA) program.

Podcast - Behind Every Employer
22 Dec 2022

COABE co-founded Behind Every Employer to strategically highlight the need to bring together industry and education partners to develop innovative and scalable solutions to current and future workforce needs. In this episode of the podcast, Safal Partners Nicole Klues talks about the Center of Excellence and how adult education can use the model of apprenticeship to prepare tomorrow's workforce.

Future Ready Oregon: BOLI Apprenticeship Grants Program
20 Dec 2022

The Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI) Apprenticeship and Training Division (ATD) has been awarded $18.9 Million in grant funding to be awarded through three consecutive application rounds. These funds will support the development, expansion and implementation of registered apprenticeship and pre-apprenticeship programs. The funds will accelerate innovation in health care and manufacturing apprenticeships and support the development of pre-apprenticeship training programs in healthcare, manufacturing, and construction.

Application submissions: November 4, 2022 – March 10, 2023.

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Linking Secondary and Post-Secondary CTE to Pre-Apprenticeship
20 Dec 2022

Use these presentation slides to understand more thoroughly what the Registered Apprentice Technical Assistance Center of Excellence does, what apprenticeship is and why it's growing, and learn about how to use pre-apprenticeship as a growth strategy.

Creating a Statewide Pre-Apprenticeship Strategy: Case Study in Missouri
29 Nov 2022

As part of its focused work to support system alignment and strategic partnership expansion in Missouri, the Center of Excellence sat down with Dr. Mardy Leathers, Director of the Office of Work-Based Learning in the Division of Higher Education and Workforce Development (DHEWD) to discuss the state's strategic development of a certified pre-apprenticeship framework to accelerate registered apprenticeship expansion. The framework utilizes WIOA funding and builds on the state's in-demand sectors and occupations and can serve as an example for other states.

Workforce Board Guide to Identifying Pre-Apprenticeship and Registered Apprenticeship Partners
10 Nov 2022

This guide is intended to be a starting point to help state and local workforce professionals understand the key players in the apprenticeship space, what role(s) those partners typically play in supporting RA programs, and how you can play a leadership role in creating RA partnerships that engage those entities.

Registered Apprenticeship (RA) Partner Profile Questionnaire
10 Nov 2022

This questionnaire is intended to help you build a network in your area around Registered Apprenticeship (RA). With the information gathered here, your board should be better able to engage with and convene RA stakeholders to expand RA program opportunities. It is designed to be used in conjunction with the USDOL RA TA Center of Excellence “Workforce Board Guide to Identifying Pre-Apprenticeship and Apprenticeship Partners” publication. This publication and more information on the Center can be found online at