Strategic Planning and Program Implementation
The IWSI Group has decades of experience in growing modern apprenticeship programs for a broad range of populations including those underserved like transitioning workers, disadvantaged youth, juveniles in the justice system, and formerly incarcerated individuals.
IWSI has worked with individual employers as well as states and localities to plan for program sustainability and long-term success. For new programs and initiatives, IWSI identifyies the skills needs associated with filling talent pipelines to drive productivity, recruits target populations, customizes training curriculum to a particular industry or employer, and in the case of public sector initiatives, attracts new business investment to communities.
In addition to advising on the design and implementation of new programs, IWSI uses its decades of experience to identify gaps or weak links in existing programs and initiatives – ultimately, improving efficacy, expanding candidate pools and strengthening impacts of a workforce bolstered by apprenticeship.
Scaling Modern Apprenticeship with Intermediaries
Around the world, IWSI Group is well-known for providing capacity building expertise to apprenticeship intermediaries. Intermediaries are a highly effective means for launching large-scale apprenticeship initiatives and expanding existing ones.
Apprenticeship intermediaries are typically non-profit organizations with a strong commitment to workforce development. They fill many of the community outreach, administrative and technical assistance needs of apprenticeship programs, especially for small- and medium-size employers. Apprenticeship intermediaries are quickly taking root in America. As the number of organizations interested in building such employer networks continues to grow, it will help increase the popularity and embrace of the model across a broad array of sectors. Mostly through its use of intermediaries, IWSI has facilitated the graduation of over 15,000 apprentices to date.
Brand Awareness and Program Dissemination
IWSI Group has developed sophisticated marketing materials to help recruit strong apprentice candidates, respond to employers’ questions on building apprenticeship programs, and promote modern apprenticeship practices as complementary to or an option beyond the traditional 4-year college-to-work trajectory. IWSI’s outreach and marketing strategies are robust and have a strong track record of proven results. IWSI recently released a 36-page report to bring modern apprenticeship into mainstream thinking, debunk myths about the benefits and application of apprenticeship to limitless lucrative career pathways and building talent pipelines, and provide insights into young adults and employers who have embraced the apprenticeship model.
Pre-Apprenticeship and Fundamental (aka soft) Skills Training
IWSI America’s special expertise extends to resources for the development of fundamental skills training. For the past seven years, the IWSI Group has operated a highly esteemed job readiness program for at-risk youth across Australia. The organization designed and implemented the program to provide participants with employability skills and the knowledge necessary to succeed in structured apprenticeship programs and 21st century jobs. Along with learning the basics of good work habits and employer expectations, young adults are taught such essential-for-success skills as critical thinking, collaboration and problem solving – putting them on a solid career path. Because every region has its different needs, these training materials are adapted to suit local circumstances.
Early College High School Apprenticeship
Not everybody is suited for or interested in a 4 year academic degree. Popular in Europe, SE Asia, Australia and elsewhere, IWSI is designing and implementing apprenticeship programs aimed at helping young adults transition from high school into solid careers and well-paying jobs – with a widely recognized industry credential and associate’s degree.
IWSI is expert at establishing collaborations of high schools and community colleges, parents, public officials, industry associations and businesses to carefully craft early college high school apprenticeship programs.
Why do IWSI-advised early college programs stand out?
We have been working on these programs for a very long time. Along the way, we have honed our abilities to identify stakeholders’ roles and responsibilities, and facilitate ongoing and results-driven communication including technical and programmatic assistance between partners. Further, based on years of trial and error, expert sequencing of classroom coursework, on-the-job training and finely-crafted mentoring practices, IWSI-advised early college high school programs consistently graduate high percentages highly skilled and ambitious talent.
Other IWSI Services
Conducting Industry Assessment and Benchmarking Studies to identify key markets and determine common deficits and successes of comparable programs.
Creating and Facilitating Peer Learning and Knowledge Sharing Networks to empower apprenticeship collaborations with the knowledge and resources they need to grow their programs.
Customizing operating manuals, toolkits, and mentoring playbook to standardize and systematize existing and new apprenticeship programs.