Around the world, apprenticeship training is primarily targeted at youth and young adults. In contrast, only a few states in the U.S. have successfully used apprenticeship to support youth employment and training. This report examines the experiences and successes of the state of Georgia’s youth apprenticeship program.
Georgia youth apprenticeships are operated by the state’s high schools in collaboration with local employers. Youth apprenticeship coordinators report that the greatest barrier to expanding youth apprenticeship is forming partnerships with employers. Employers involved with youth apprenticeship report high levels of satisfaction with the program, but often require clarification on the regulations governing employment of minors.
"Investment in and expansion of youth apprenticeship programs can be a viable option for widening routes to successful career pathways and high-quality jobs in Georgia."