A Planning Guide for Aligning Career and Technical Education (CTE) and Apprenticeship Programs
This planning guide is designed as an interactive tool for initiating or expanding the alignment between existing career and technical education (CTE) and apprenticeship programs.
This planning guide is designed as an interactive tool for initiating or expanding the alignment between existing CTE and apprenticeship programs. It provides a blueprint for state, regional, and local administrators leading efforts to transform CTE and apprenticeship linkages across a state or community. The blueprint begins with defining the potential impact that CTE and apprenticeship alignment will have for students, employers, and communities. The process then moves to developing a plan of action tailored to the needs and readiness of state or local programs. Once a plan is in place, partnerships are developed with institutions, employers, and agencies who then help in defining and designing the program. Customizable tools and templates are provided that allow users to adjust each resource to fit their unique needs.
While the steps, tools, and resources in this guide are valuable to anyone interested in strengthening the potential intersection between CTE and apprenticeship programs, this resource is targeted at two distinct groups of users. The first includes state leaders of education and workforce training systems seeking to improve the alignment of secondary CTE and apprenticeship programs. The second includes education and training providers who are interested in working with regional or local employers or industry groups to expand the role of CTE in preparing high school students for apprenticeships.
State, regional, and local administrators can use the customizable tools and templates to improve the alignment of secondary CTE and apprenticeship programs. Education and training providers can also use the tools with regional or local employers or industry groups to expand the role of CTE in preparing high school students for apprenticeships that fit well within the context of federal, state, and local efforts to build seamless career pathways that align and integrate education and workforce development programs.
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