The first Youth Apprenticeship Week highlights the benefits and value of apprenticeship programs. Photo courtesy of the Western Great Lakes Finishing Trades Insitute.

The first Youth Apprenticeship Week (YAW) will run from May 5 to 11, 2024. The event highlights the benefits and value of registered apprenticeship program opportunities for youth aged 16 to 24.

According to Apprenticeship USA officials, YAW seeks to build on the current rise of youth apprentices. Over the past 10 years, the number of youths in apprenticeships has increased by 118%, from 119,996 to 262,221.

Officials explain that YAW is a great opportunity for employers, educators, labor unions and workforce professionals to host events and activities to raise awareness of apprenticeship benefits. Activities can include recruitment fairs, open houses, social media challenges, virtual tours, podcasts and more.

The daily themes are:

  • Monday: Parents and Guardians are a Priority in Registered Apprenticeship;
  • Tuesday: Youth Apprenticeships: Building Awareness, Myth Busting, Partnering with Educational Providers and Creating Pathways through Pre-Apprenticeship;
  • Wednesday: Expanding Youth Apprenticeship Opportunities for Underserved Populations;
  • Thursday: National Youth Apprenticeship Signing Day; and
  • Friday: Federal Partners Day and Call to Action.

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