Case Study: Tech Ready Apprenticeships for Careers in Kentucky (TRACK)
November 01, 2020
TRACK represents a partnership between the Kentucky Department of Education’s Office of Career and Technical Education and the Kentucky Labor Cabinet. Its primary goal is to provide secondary students with career pathway opportunities into Registered Apprenticeship programs.
This cross-functional partnership is a business and industry-driven program designed to create a pipeline for students to enter post-secondary apprenticeship training.
TRACK 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 process creates a competitive recruiting environment to ensure that employers benefit by gaining future employees who 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.
All industries in Kentucky are struggling to find employees and skilled employees are what is in highest demand. Youth apprenticeships represent one of those opportunities that in the past has been offered for training purposes for adults, but we want to speed up feeding the pipeline by starting youth apprenticeships, and we've had great success with it up to this point.David Horseman