Apprenticeship Industry Intermediary Projects

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Apprenticeship industry intermediaries work with business, workforce, and education partners to increase awareness and adoption of apprenticeship programs in a targeted industry sector. AIR’s commitment to integrating research, evaluation, and technical assistance to inform and advance national efforts to grow quality and equitable apprenticeship aligns with this mission.

As an industry intermediary, AIR has an opportunity to work directly with a wide variety of businesses and educational providers across the U.S. to accelerate the adoption and implementation of the apprenticeship model, directly resulting in new apprenticeship opportunities for all.

AIR is working as an apprenticeship industry intermediary on two projects.

  • AIR, in partnership with CompTIA, the world’s leading technology trade association, is driving the creation of new apprenticeship programs with the goal to increase and diversify the tech talent pool in America. Focusing on tech occupations in demand across industries, AIR and CompTIA have a partner network that spans 25 states.
  • AIR is partnering with the National Institute for Innovation and Technology on Growing Apprenticeship in Nanotechnology and Semiconductors (GAINS). The GAINS project has a comprehensive approach designed to support apprenticeship in the semiconductor and nanotechnology sectors and broaden the pipeline by creating access for diverse populations.

For both projects, AIR has a team of business engagement, apprenticeship, and technical assistance experts who bring to the work a deep knowledge of the apprenticeship ecosystem, at both state and federal levels. This team is advancing apprenticeship through strategic planning, business engagement and partner outreach, and technical assistance on designing, registering, and launching apprenticeships.

These projects are funded by the U.S. Department of Labor.