The governors and state leaders have a crucial role to play in shaping the policy landscape for efforts to increase youth access pathways that are high quality.
Youth apprenticeship has become a popular strategy in a period of concern about worker shortages. It is a way to meet the demands of an evolving economy and prepare future workers. It also helps to create scalable and diverse talent pools and improve the career prospects of learners.
Governors and state leaders have a crucial role to play in shaping an environment that facilitates rather than complicates efforts to increase youth access to high-quality apprenticeships leading into careers with family-sustaining incomes or postsecondary education.
This environment can be created by policies that support the career readiness ecosystems, improving connections and aligning education and workforce systems. They also require policies that promote youth apprenticeship programs, and encourage greater participation from students, employers and partners.
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