What is the Apprenticeship Professionals Learning Network: A Space for Collaboration and Connection

four people's hands holding a puzzle piece. The Apprenticeship Professionals Learning Network (Network) is a virtual learning community for Apprenticeship Professionals at all levels of experience to connect, collaborate, and learn from one another’s experiences designing, implementing, and sustaining high quality Registered Apprenticeship Programs. Whether you are new to apprenticeship and need to learn the basics or have years of experience, this community is for you!

Who is in the Network: Apprenticeship Professionals

Apprenticeship Professionals are directly responsible for designing, building, and supporting Registered Apprenticeship Programs; outreach to business about apprenticeship; and/or recruiting and supporting apprentices for multiple programs. They work for a variety of organizations, including state and local government, workforce boards, community colleges, and other apprenticeship intermediaries. If you work on the frontlines to expand Registered Apprenticeship as an Apprenticeship Navigator, Apprenticeship Representative/Consultant/Coordinator, Business Engagement Specialist—whatever title you may hold—you are a frontline Apprenticeship Professional.

What the Network Does: Facilitate learning and connection

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The Network provides high-quality, accurate, on-demand national level information and virtual training on key Registered Apprenticeship topics and skills. We are a source of easily accessible, organized, searchable, and integrated resources that support professional development for Apprenticeship Professionals while improving the ability of states and partners to recruit and retain apprenticeship staff. The Network complements state-specific training on registration processes, funding, partnership opportunities and more. Contact information for the apprenticeship team in individual states can be found here.

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The Network brings together Apprenticeship Professionals from across the continuum of experience, providing a forum that drives networking opportunities for experienced professionals while accelerating learning and onboarding for those professionals that are new to apprenticeship. The Network will provide a space for connection where Apprenticeship Professionals can identify challenges and barriers to apprenticeship expansion and share best practices and solutions.


Prepared by American Institutes for Research® (AIR®) for the Office of Apprenticeship, U.S. Department of Labor.  This project has been funded, either wholly or in part, with Federal funds from the U.S. Department of Labor under Contract Number 1605C2-21-A-0008 TA for OA State Grants BY.  The contents of this website do not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the U.S. Department of Labor, nor does mention of trade names, commercial products, or organizations imply endorsement of same by the U.S. Government.

About the American Institutes for Research

Established in 1946, with headquarters in Arlington, Virginia, the American Institutes for Research® (AIR®) is a nonpartisan, not-for-profit organization that conducts behavioral and social science research and delivers technical assistance to solve some of the most urgent challenges in the U.S. and around the world.  We advance evidence in the areas of education, the workforce, human services, health, and international development to create a better, more equitable world. For more information, visit AIR.ORG.