The First Youth Apprenticeship Week (YAW) 2024

Celebrating the Very First Youth Apprenticeship Week (YAW) 2024

Youth Apprenticeship Week (YAW) is taking place from May 5 to May 11, 2024. This nationwide celebration, building on the success of National Apprenticeship Week, aims to shed light on the incredible opportunities offered by Registered Apprenticeship programs for youth aged 16–24.

What is Youth Apprenticeship Week?

YAW is a platform for employers, educators, labor unions, workforce professionals, and their partners to showcase the value of Registered Apprenticeship programs for young people. These programs enable youth to earn competitive wages while gaining essential training and experience to kickstart their careers, often including the chance to earn college credit.

Daily Themes for YAW:

  • Monday: Prioritizing Parents and Guardians in Registered Apprenticeship
  • Tuesday: Building Awareness, Myth Busting, and Partnering with Educational Providers
  • Wednesday: Expanding Opportunities for Underserved Populations
  • Thursday: National Youth Apprenticeship Signing Day
  • Friday: Federal Partners Day and Call to Action

 

How Can You Get Involved?

  1. Host a YAW Event: Explore resources and materials to plan and promote an event that highlights the benefits of Youth Apprenticeship programs.

  2. Find a YAW Event: Participate in events happening in your community to learn more about Youth Apprenticeships.

  3. Engage on Social Media: Spread awareness by using the hashtags #YAW2024 and #ApprenticeshipUSA on your social media posts.

  4. Submit an Event and Proclamation: Share details about your YAW event to be highlighted on the official website.

Why Participate?

Participating in YAW allows stakeholders to showcase their programs, facilities, and the achievements of youth apprentices. It provides an opportunity for youth apprentices to share their experiences and how apprenticeships have transformed their lives. Additionally, it educates the public about the benefits of Registered Apprenticeship programs and fosters dialogue on increasing diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility in the workplace.

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