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Following a successful two-year pilot program dedicated to exploring and researching work-based learning opportunities, the Youth Workforce Development Foundation proudly launched our Registered Apprenticeship Program in May. This initiative, backed by our proven model, not only enhances college and career readiness but also generates employment prospects, tackles equity issues in underserved communities, and strengthens partnerships among the workforce system, education, and businesses.

As a certified U.S. Department of Labor Apprenticeship Intermediary, the Youth Workforce Dev
elopment Foundation plays a pivotal role in facilitating the Registered Apprenticeship Program (RAP). We connect employers and schools, validate training, create apprenticeship opportunities, and provide comprehensive support to apprentices throughout the program, ensuring a seamless journey from start to finish.

This exciting opportunity enables us to offer apprenticeships in high-growth industries to eligible students, with a primary focus on high school juniors and seniors, as well as first-year college students. By doing so, we contribute significantly to workforce development and economic growth.

Our apprentices, engaged in authentic work-based learning, undergo related technical instruction training in classrooms and receive on-the-job training at worksites under the guidance of industry experts. They are duly compensated for their on-the-job work time. Successful graduates of the program earn prestigious credentials, including the nationally recognized U.S. Department of Labor Registered Apprenticeship Credential, the SkillsUSA Career Essentials (career-ready) Credential, an industry-recognized employability skill development credential, and various industry-specific credentials and certifications.

In essence, this program embodies our mission of "fostering the future generation of the American workforce by establishing sustainable youth talent pipelines that bridge the gap between education and industry." Join us in shaping a brighter future for aspiring professionals and contributing to the growth of our nation's workforce.

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Pre-Apprenticeship Training: Architecture and Construction

The Ready2 program is a strategic pre-apprenticeship initiative meticulously designed to equip members for seamless entry into a registered apprenticeship with employers aligned within the esteemed SkillsUSA Illinois Partner Network. Our program's primary objective is to systematically eliminate barriers to workforce entry upon graduation, ensuring members are well-prepared for professional success.

Supported by an extensive network of business and industry partners statewide, all deeply committed to the triumph of our members, the Ready2 program serves as a catalyst for fostering skills and readiness.


Key Features of the Ready2: Architecture and Construction Program:

  • Tailored Preparedness: The Ready2: Architecture and Construction program is specifically curated for individuals currently enrolled in building trades and carpentry training programs. It is designed to instill the skills essential for success in these dynamic fields.

  • Certification Opportunities: Members enrolled in the program have the unique opportunity to earn four distinct certifications or credentials. Successful completion of each certification results in members receiving a stipend from SkillsUSA Illinois, acknowledging their commitment and achievement.

    • First Aid/CPR

    • NCCER Core Certification

    • OSHA-10

    • SkillsUSA Career Essential Micro-credential

  • Industry Exposure: SkillsUSA Illinois facilitates valuable opportunities for program participants to visit employer and work sites. Additionally, members have the chance to engage in meaningful interviews with contractors in their local area, broadening their understanding of the industry landscape.

This impactful program is made possible through strategic funding, in part, by grant funds from the State of Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity Illinois Works Pre-Apprenticeship Program. The financial backing underscores the state's commitment to fostering a skilled and prepared workforce, ready to contribute significantly to the architecture and construction sectors.

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