Nneka Thompson - Associate Director, Jobs for the Future
Topic: Apprenticeships: Preparing Individuals for Work and Building a More Diverse Workforce
Nneka Thompson is an associate director for Jobs For the future, or JFF, a national nonprofit that works to ensure that all students and workers have access to the education and training needed to gain credentials and skills that employers require. Nneka is a seasoned workforce development professional working on behalf of the growing number of nontraditional students and the hardest-to-employ youth and adults. Her background in the nonprofit and public sectors also includes grant-making, program design, and direct service at Commonwealth Corporation, More than Words Bookstore, and Dress for Success Boston.
Nneka brings her unique background to the world of apprenticeship and is working to drive success at the intersection of preparing individuals for work and building a more diverse workforce.
Employers need a strong workforce and must engage individuals from all walks of life to fill their open positions. Apprenticeship is a highly effective tool for building your own workforce. It can be used both to upskill your incumbent workers and bringing inexperienced worker onto your team and developing them into strong contributors.
You should leave this session understanding:
An accurate description of a modern day apprenticeship program
The difference between today’s apprenticeship opportunities and other types of work-based learning
Jobs For the Future’s efforts to expand apprenticeship
The usefulness of apprenticeships in building a more diverse workforce
How you can get started with an apprenticeship program and resources available to support you