WASHINGTON, D.C. — As the nation marks National Apprenticeship Week, the U.S. Department of Labor announced an initiative to expand its pre-apprenticeship opportunities for Job Corps students and connect them to Registered Apprenticeship programs.
The effort will allow Job Corps centers throughout the nation to emphasize pre-apprenticeship programs in green energy, healthcare, information technology and other high-growth industry sectors.
“Pre-apprenticeship programs prepare students with a set of skills and strategies needed to enter and succeed in a Registered Apprenticeship program or industry-relevant job,” said Job Corps National Director Rachel Torres. “Through this initiative, Job Corps students will spend approximately one year in a pre-apprenticeship program. With the general education, enhanced social skills and hands-on job training they receive, these students will have more career pathways from which to choose.”
Currently, Job Corps offers more than 300 pre-apprenticeship programs in construction, advanced manufacturing, renewable resources and energy, transportation and automotive and machine repair industries.
The initiative announced aligns with the Biden-Harris administration’s commitment to expand Registered Apprenticeship to build equitable pathways to the middle class and connect a diverse workforce to family-supporting, living-wage jobs.
Founded in 1964, Job Corps is the nation’s largest job training and education program. It provides students from ages 16 to 24 with vocational training and academic experiences to increase opportunities towards gainful employment and career pathways. Mostly a residential program in urban and rural areas, Job Corps centers include dormitories and a campus environment similar to small colleges. Job Corps provide programs and services to students free of charge.
Administered by the department’s Employment and Training Administration, the Job Corps network currently has 121 centers in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.
Learn more about Job Corps here.