Franklin Apprenticeships™ Launches New Consulting and Capacity Building Programs to Modernize American Apprenticeships

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New Company Revitalizes Age-Old Practice to Unlock the Potential of America’s Talent

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“Employers, educators and workforce development communities need the ability to execute and build a sustainable apprenticeship model that will unlock the potential in our talent pool, yet doing this remains a significant challenge in the U.S."

Franklin Apprenticeships, a U.S. based consulting and capacity building firm dedicated solely to delivering on the promise for U.S. expansion of Apprenticeship Programs, announced today the official launch of its company.

Aiming to modernize apprenticeship programs in the U.S. by invigorating practical, real-life workforce training and development, Franklin Apprenticeships will bridge the widening skills gap between young adults, employers and workforce development communities that need to attract, employ and retain young professionals.

“Employers, educators and workforce development communities need the ability to execute and build a sustainable apprenticeship model that will unlock the potential in our talent pool, yet doing this remains a significant challenge in the U.S.,” said Kimberly Nichols, CEO and Co- Founder at Franklin Apprenticeships. “That’s why we are excited to expand U.S. apprenticeship programs with the launch of our company – where we are leveraging best practices from the U.K. and other countries that have built successful apprenticeship programs.”

Franklin Apprenticeships first announced its plans last November at the Transatlantic Apprenticeship Exchange Forum that was held at the Urban Institute in Washington, D.C., and has already been engaged by signature U.S.-based blue chip companies to establish aggressive apprenticeship program plans beginning in 2017.

“We believe apprenticeships will be a significant solution to the IT industry's workforce challenges,” said Charles Eaton, EVP, Social Innovation at CompTIA. “Apprenticeships also provide a meaningful and scalable vehicle to create greater economic mobility and bring under-represented populations into our industry, which is important to CompTIA. Franklin Apprenticeships' solution of modernizing American apprenticeships to regain America's competitive edge and their experience and expertise in developing and delivering successful apprenticeship programs makes them the perfect partner with which to explore the opportunities of tech apprenticeships.”

The talent gap is a national crisis that threatens America’s competitive edge. Applying the age-old practice of apprenticeships can serve to renew the purpose of America’s higher education and training systems—systems that have become dated and leave American youth saddled with debt, and deficient in the critical skills necessary for today’s emerging economy. Expanding the U.S. apprenticeship program in existing industries, as well as developing programs in non-traditional industries such as IT, Healthcare, Advanced Manufacturing, and Professional Services, can help fill this gap.

MAXIMUS, a leading operator of government workforce programs in five countries, is serving as a strategic advisor to Franklin Apprenticeships. Michael Bolton, Vice President of Human Services at MAXIMUS, commented, “Apprenticeships are a great opportunity for career seekers, particularly disadvantaged job seekers or youth just starting out. They do not provide simply a map of the employment pathway, but rather a well-built, well-lit roadway to a sustainable career. We are excited to be combining our experience in workforce development with Franklin Apprenticeships’ track record of introducing the apprenticeship model to support non-traditional fields. The result is a solution that provides employers and job seekers with the advantages of apprenticeships in every sector of the U.S. economy.”

About Franklin Apprenticeships
Franklin Apprenticeships is igniting a movement. We offer the strategy, tools, and support network to help shape a re-imagined Apprenticeship system. Working in partnership with Businesses, Educators, Families, and Economic and Workforce Development Agencies, Franklin Apprenticeships is the first US-based firm dedicated solely to delivering on the promise for expansion of Apprenticeship Programs.

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