Thrive! November 2022
A Focus on: Apprenticeships
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A Message from our President & CEO
The Future of Apprenticeship is Now
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Across the workforce development landscape, Fall has quickly become synonymous with Apprenticeship. During the second week of November, labor and industry pivots its focus to recognize the importance and strength of Registered Apprenticeship and Pre-Apprenticeship programs in the advancement of our workforce systems by celebrating National Apprenticeship Week.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, over half of American students are not ready for college or a job after high school graduation. While there are many reasons for this, one thing is clear: post-secondary education is not one-size-fits-all.

Apprenticeships are a pathway to education that can help career seekers gain the skills they need to succeed in today's economy and overcome barriers that have previously kept them from entering high-demand fields like healthcare, IT, and manufacturing. Apprenticeships allow individuals to earn while they learn through hands-on experience with an employer who provides mentorship and support during their training period. This model is especially effective at helping women, people of color, and those who have been historically underrepresented in certain industries— groups that have struggled with access to higher education opportunities.

Philadelphia Works is committed to Apprenticeship/Pre-Apprenticeship and will continue to invest in its sustainability and growth to benefit the businesses and career seekers of the Greater Philadelphia region. You can learn more about how Philadelphia Works supports Apprenticeship here. Visit ApprenticeshipPHL to learn more and connect with us directly.

Yours in service,

H. Patrick Clancy

Monthly Workforce Focus
Expanding Registered Apprenticeships and Pre-Apprenticeships across Southeastern Pennsylvania
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Philadelphia Works was recently awarded a $4.7 million dollar Apprenticeship Building America (ABA) Grant to expand registered apprenticeships and pre-apprenticeships across Southeastern Pennsylvania. In this episode, Rebecca Ambrose, Director of Training and Apprenticeship at Philadelphia Works, joins the program to discuss the details of the grant and provide an overview of the importance of apprenticeships and pre-apprenticeships. You’ll hear about the various industries that are using the apprenticeship model and how the Apprenticeship PHL website is making apprenticeships more accessible to industries in Southeastern Pennsylvania.

Listen to the Episode

Data & Trends
The Apprenticeship Landscape in Philadelphia: Successes, Inequities, and Recommendations for Improvement
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Overall, apprenticeships offer strong opportunities to earn high wages in occupations that are currently in high demand. However, despite the high overall average and median exit wages for individuals completing apprenticeships, there is a large wage disparity by gender, and a high number of apprenticeships have been cancelled. These gaps, along with the underrepresentation of non-white individuals and women in apprenticeships, need to be addressed to ensure more equitable opportunities to these high-paying jobs and careers.

In this brief, apprenticeships that were started between the beginning of 2015 and the end of 2021 in Philadelphia are discussed.

Read the Full Brief Here

For Businesses
Apprenticeships build better, stronger, and more efficient businesses.
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Philadelphia Works can assist your business by providing:

  • Development and administration assistance with our hands-on approach
  • Partnership and collaboration by connecting your business to valuable partners
  • Funding identification and management to help start a new program or enhance a current one in particular

To get started and find out more information, click here or contact Rebecca Ambrose, Director of Training and Apprenticeship at

For Career Seekers
Find an Apprenticeship
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An Apprenticeship is a job from day one that combines on-the-job training, mentorship, and related classroom instruction. There are various ways to get involved in apprenticeships including pre-apprenticeships and other training opportunities. As an apprentice, you’re an employee from day one. You’ll receive on-the-job training and mentoring, related instruction, and wage gains while on a career path in your chosen industry.

You'll also be able to:

  • Learn on the job
  • Receive wage gains
  • Earn credentials
  • Work with a mentor

Get Started Today!


The U.S. Department of Labor and the CAREER Dislocated Worker Grant are offering extra support for anyone eligible to receive unemployment benefits. If you or someone you know has recently exhausted their unemployment benefits or has been laid off within the last year, your local PA CareerLink® can help.

Contact a PA CareerLink® representative by emailing or by calling 1-833-750-JOBS (5627).

Eligible recipients can receive:

  • Extra help such as rental and transportation assistance
  • Career coaching
  • Financial assistance for education and training

Learn More Today!

ICYMI: News & Events
Philadelphia Works Awarded $4.7M by USDOL & Giving Tuesday
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Recently, the U.S. Department of Labor's Employment and Training Administration (USDOL ETA) awarded Philadelphia Works (PhilaWorks), Inc. $4.7 million to expand Registered Apprenticeships and Pre-apprenticeships across Southeastern Pennsylvania (SEPA). The Apprenticeship Building America (ABA) grant will support new partnerships with community colleges, workforce boards, businesses, industry associations, community-based organizations, and employer groups to increase access to registered apprenticeship opportunities in high-demand industries like healthcare, education, IT, and manufacturing.

Read the Full Press Release Here

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