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Do Apprenticeships Help Workers and Employers?


  • Increase use of registered apprenticeships as a workforce-training model
  • Abt Associates leads evaluation of American Apprenticeship Initiative
  • Evaluation results inform registered apprenticeship expansion
The Challenge

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) launched the American Apprenticeship Initiative (AAI) to expand registered apprenticeships in the U.S. into sectors with few apprenticeships, such as healthcare and information technology (IT), and for populations underrepresented in apprenticeships. DOL awarded $175 million in five-year grants to 46 grantees across the country.

The Approach

The DOL-funded AAI evaluation includes four sub-studies that explore: implementation of the grantee programs; apprentice employment and earnings outcomes; the return on investment of apprenticeship to employers; and technical assistance efforts to help grantees increase outreach to employers to provide apprenticeships. Abt Associates leads the evaluation in partnership with the Urban Institute, MEF Associates, W.E. Upjohn Institute, Capital Research Corporation, and George Washington University.

The Results

The evaluation builds evidence about the effectiveness of registered apprenticeships for apprentices and employers. It also generates lessons for developing and operating these programs, particularly in non-traditional occupations and for populations underrepresented in apprenticeships.