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Tuesday, November 5
8:00 am - 9:30 am

Using Apprenticeships to Link Young People to Good Jobs - What Works and What Doesn’t?


Apprenticeships are often viewed as an effective training program to better link young people to good jobs. Given that young people are most vulnerable to changes in the future of work, it is important to consider how apprenticeships can be used to promote local economic development opportunities and meet employer demands for skills. This session will explore how apprenticeship are being used the United States and internationally to engage employers in training opportunities.


  • Jonathan Barr, Head of Unit, OECD Centre for Entrepreneurships, SMEs, Regions, and Cities


  • Oliver Schärli, Head of the Labour Market/Unemployment Insurance Division, State Secretariat for Economic Affairs, Switzerland
  • Candee Chambers, Executive Director, DirectEmployers Association
  • Mardi Leathers, Director of Workforce Development, Missouri Department of Economic Development
  • Jacob Maas, CEO, West Michigan Works; Stephen Dodd, IBM Public Partnerships