Issue Brief: Work-and-Learn Models for Today’s Economy

By March 29, 2023 News

Apprenticeships and structured work-and-learn programs, once focused primarily on younger people in particular careers, are valid options for adults and those with adult responsibilities who want or need to work while gaining their education. A new generation of these models is emerging, focusing more deeply on expanding talent pipelines, creating pathways into different industries, and offering the benefits of apprenticeship and work-and-learn models to populations that have previously been marginalized from both work and learning. This brief by UpSkill America — an initiative of the Aspen Institute Economic Opportunities Program — describes several company-led models, reaching new populations and creating meaningful opportunities for both learning workers and businesses to succeed: