Scott Stump, an assistant secretary in the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Career, Technical and Adult Education, speaks to employers at the inaugural Inside TRACK to Youth Apprenticeships summit in Louisville. Stump spoke highly of the TRACK program and said that the rest of the country should follow Kentucky's lead when it comes to apprenticeship.
Students are Getting Their Career on TRACK
The Tech Ready Apprentices for Careers in Kentucky (TRACK) youth pre-apprenticeship program is a partnership between the Kentucky Department of Education’s Office of Career and Technical Education and the Kentucky Labor Cabinet to provide secondary students with career pathway opportunities into Registered Apprenticeship programs.
This is a business and industry driven program designed to create a pipeline for students to enter post-secondary apprenticeship training. Employers are able to tailor the program for their specific needs and are able to select the Career and Technical Education courses and students for their apprenticeship pathway. This creates a competitive recruiting environment insuring that employers benefit by gaining future employees that have a good foundation and an interest in that occupation. Additionally, it enables students to receive a nationally recognized credential at little or no cost.
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Best practice models have proven that upon immediate completion of high school, the student directly transitions into the employer’s Registered Apprenticeship program. At the employer’s discretion, students can receive credit for both the related technical instruction component and on-the-job hours worked. There are no costs involved except for the student’s wages.
The specifics of the TRACK program vary and interested parties will need to confer with the Office of Career and Technical Education for the implementation process. The employer must have a USDOL Registered Apprenticeship program. More information about how to register a program can be found at https://educationcabinet.ky.gov/Initiatives/apprenticeship/Pages/default.aspx
The ultimate rationale for the TRACK program is that if an employer is willing to invest in Registered Apprenticeship, a pipeline at the secondary level can be developed utilizing youth and pre-apprenticeship models.
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