When many people think of “apprenticeship,” the first thing that may come to mind is a medieval scene – a blacksmith shop, perhaps, where a seasoned expert teaches a novice blacksmith the tricks of the trade. In reality, apprenticeship is emerging as a trend in workforce development with strong bipartisan support from policymakers.

However, despite growing interest in apprenticeship in Illinois, the current apprenticeship infrastructure is not benefitting all Illinoisans equally. In 2017, the vast majority of people in registered apprenticeships in Illinois were white and male. We know that apprenticeships lead to positive outcomes for participants – high rates of job retention and average annual earnings of around $50,000 upon completion – but our state still has work to do to ensure those benefits are equally accessible to all races and genders.

That’s why the Jobs Council linked up with Young Invincibles, who have beenĀ leading the way on turning Illinois into a leader for equity in apprenticeship – to offer a series of Apprenticeship workshops across the state. Our workshops are geared towards workforce professionals and service providers that have experience supporting job seekers in lots of different employment and training models. The workshop exposes them to how apprenticeships work and helps think through where CBOs fit in. With the support of the state’s Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, Young Invincibles and the Jobs Council will host workshops in each of the state’s 10 economic regions!

CheckĀ this page to learn about our next scheduled workshops – hopefully we’ll see you in a town near you sometime soon!