Work-based learning opportunities play a key role in helping learners develop the real-world skills needed to succeed in today’s workplace, but certain populations do not have the same access to these opportunities as their peers. This report from the National Skills Coalition examines how state and national leaders can diversify the work-based learning pipeline. Specifically, the report argues that pre-employment training and affordable child care are key to access and retention in work-based learning programs for women, low-wage workers and parents of young children. The report provides federal and state policy recommendations to increase access to pre-employment services and child care for work-based learning participants and examines the impact of a pre-apprenticeship program in Mississippi.
Broadening the Apprenticeship Pipeline