About Equity in Apprenticeship
Equity in Apprenticeship is a report series from COWS at UW-Madison. It highlights programs that use apprenticeship to extend occupational opportunity to historically marginalized groups, especially people of color and women. The series consists of four case studies and an overview document with policy and practice principles for equity in apprenticeship.
Our four case studies of apprenticeship programs span the country and industries. The Worker Education and Resource Center (WERC) in Los Angeles has become highly adept at preparing health care workers who share a cultural affinity with LA’s patient populations. The Industrial Manufacturing Technician (IMT) program is the product of collaboration between labor and management leaders in Milwaukee’s manufacturing sector and has created a new rung in the ladder in production jobs. In California, the Joint Workforce Investment in the South Bay Valley Transportation Authority has developed a web of apprenticeships and advancement opportunities. Montana’s Tribal College Apprenticeship case study offers a look at how apprenticeship plays out in rural areas and the key issues that new partnerships face as they take on equity. The series concludes with Policy and Practices for Equity in Apprenticeship which generalizes lessons for the field.
Equity in Apprenticeship was funded by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. We are grateful for their generous support. The findings and conclusions presented in this series are those of the authors alone and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the Annie E. Casey Foundation.
COWS is a nonprofit think-and-do tank, based at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, that promotes “high road” solutions to social problems. These treat shared growth and opportunity, environmental sustainability, and resilient democratic institutions as necessary and achievable complements in human development. Through our various projects, we work with cities around the country to promote innovation and the implementation of high road policy. COWS is nonpartisan but values-based. We seek a world of equal opportunity and security for all.
Equity From The Frontline
Worker Voice Leads to a Network of Accessible Apprenticeship Pathways
Health Care Pathways in LA
New Apprenticeship Opportunities as an Industry Changes
Manufacturing Pathways in Milwaukee
Bringing Skills and Equity to Manufacturing’s Future