Expanding Apprenticeship and Internship Programs

Policy or Initiative Description

Colleges and universities should partner with industry to help prepare their students for entering the workforce. Companies and universities can, for example, jointly design certificate programs that incorporate internships or apprenticeships with potential employers. Through these programs, employers can not only compete for talent but also develop the pipeline of talent they need to build their workforce.


A Toyota plant in Lexington, Kentucky partnered with the Bluegrass Community & Technical College to create KY Fame, a work-based educational program that provides a pipeline of manufacturing technicians.


McKay, Connor, Ethan Pollack, and Alastair Fitzpayne. “Automation and a Changing Economy. Part II: Policies For Shared Prosperity.” The Aspen Institute Future of Work Initiative. April 2019.



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