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Friday, November 1 • 3:15pm - 4:15pm
Building an Apprenticeship System

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The United States has never had more individuals enrolled in college than today, but with this phenomenon comes a student debt price tag of over $1.5 trillion. This is occurring even as many higher-paying middle pay employment sits empty, with employers struggling to find talent to do the job. Lastly, people of color, women, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are increasingly disengaged from these opportunities, with education and business/industry struggling to connect to this high potential group.
Apprenticeship is increasingly seen as a viable workforce and economic development tool within the United States and may offer solutions. This panel will explore the expansion movement within the United States, with specific focus on how these efforts have been undertaken at the national, regional, and local levels and what is being done to impact these disadvantaged communities. 
The panel will have expertise assembled from across the United States and Germany. During this discussion we will focus on the benefits gained, challenges revealed, and remaining work to be done within the United States. We will also discuss new challenges that Germany now faces in filling some of their traditional apprenticeship programs. Overarching will be an eye toward the Future of Work and what it means for highly skilled work moving forward.
The work thus far within the U.S. to implement more dynamic, state and regional wide apprenticeship system has been remarkable. As a result, new and diverse apprenticeship programs have formed, with hundreds of thousands of new apprentices, and collaborations between education and business and industry across all sectors. Can apprenticeship be the new 4-year degree? Can it provide solutions to long-standing education and workforce development challenges facing the nation? These answers and more will be discovered.

avatar for MARC BAYARD


Director, Black Worker Initiative Institute for Policy Studies
Marc Bayard is an Associate Fellow and the director of the Institute for Policy Studies’ Black Worker Initiative.  He was the founding Executive Director of the Worker Institute at Cornell University. He is a leading expert on racial equity and organizing strategies with extensive... Read More →
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Director of Research Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training
Since 1 September 2017, Prof. Dr. Hubert Ertl has been Vice President and Director of Research of the Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training (BIBB).Prof. Dr. Hubert Ertl, born in 1968 in Dingolfing (Bavaria), attained the upper secondary school-leaving certificate... Read More →


CEO Siemens USA
Barbara Humpton is CEO of Siemens USA, where she guides the company’s strategy and engagement in serving the company’s largest market in the world, with more than 50,000 employees and over $23 billion in revenues and $5 billion in annual exports.Most recently, Humpton served as... Read More →
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Administrator of the Office of Apprenticeship
John Ladd became Administrator of the Office of Apprenticeship in January 2008. As the Administrator, John has responsibility for oversight and activities related to the National Apprenticeship Act as well as the management of OA staff in the National Office, 6 Regional Offices, and... Read More →


Executive Director of the Mississippi Community College Board
Andrea Mayfield joined the Mississippi Community College Board as Executive Director in December 2015. She previously served as President of Shelton State Community College and has more than 22 years of experience in the Mississippi community college system.Dr. Mayfield received a... Read More →

Friday November 1, 2019 3:15pm - 4:15pm PDT
The Charles Hotel: Ballroom 1 Bennett St, Cambridge, MA 02138, USA