How to Build Pathways to Municipal Technology Jobs with Free Apprenticeship Support


  • Michael Bartlett
August 15, 2023 - (2 min read)

In a historically tight labor market, local governments have struggled to fill jobs: local hiring and employment remains below its pre-pandemic levels. To respond to these challenges, city leaders are embracing new models of talent development, including apprenticeships. Over the last decade, the private sector has begun adopting apprenticeship as a key model for talent recruitment, development, and retention. Since 2012, the number of Registered Apprentices has risen by 64 percent. Critically, this evidence-based model has also expanded into new fields and occupations including healthcare, cybersecurity and information technology, finance, and more.

Through new federally-supported national industry partnerships, cities can directly access expertise and resources to help them meet their hiring needs, including:

  • Accelerated access to a new pipeline of candidates.
  • Time saved by not having to design a program from scratch.
  • Apprentice recruitment support, often focused on underrepresented populations.
  • Information or direct access to funding to help offset the start-up or other costs of the apprenticeship.
  • Simplified processes for setting up internal systems to manage and train apprentices.
  • Mentor preparation and training.
  • Access to organizations that can provide supportive services to apprentices.
  • Enrollment in a program that is officially registered with the U. S. Department of Labor or a State Apprenticeship Agency.

Upcoming Webinar

You can learn more about this exciting model and opportunity by joining an informational webinar hosted by the National League of Cities and the American Institute for Research on Wednesday, August 23rd at 2:00 p.m. Eastern. Participants will learn about new opportunities in occupations including tech support specialist, network support technician, cybersecurity support technician, IT project coordinator, and data analyst.

About the Author

Michael Bartlett

About the Author

Michael Bartlett is the Program Director, Postsecondary and Workforce Success at the National League of Cities.