Where to find SPR at the NAWB Forum 2018

Join us at the NAWB Forum 2018 where SPR will be looking to advance the conversation on Apprenticeship and the Future of Work in two workshops. The Forum will take place at the Washington Hilton in Washington, D.C. March 24-27, 2018.

The Public Workforce System and the Future of Work: Tools for Change

Date: Monday, March 26, 2018

Time: 1:15 – 2:30 PM

Location:  Columbia 3 (subject to change, check here)

Twitter: #PublicSystems4Tomorrow  #FutureOfWork #NAWBForum18

The Future of Work (FOW) is on the minds people everywhere — government and industry leaders, teachers and parents, students and workers. Record low unemployment has created opportunity for many, while economists warn of large-scale displacement as machines learn to manufacture themselves. How can workforce leaders advance new strategies for navigating this terrain? We will share what we’ve learned from municipal and regional labs, programs that help workers adapt, and innovative data practices. These are all part of the emerging FOW toolkit. Participants will be engaged in a crowdsourcing activity aimed understanding their own work in the context of the Future of Work. Results will shared during and after the session (via social media).


Kristin Wolff, Senior Associate, Social Policy Research Associates.


Kristin Sharp, Director, Initiative on Work, New America; Co-Founder, Shift: the Commission on Work, Workers, and Technology, New America and Bloomberg.

Dr. Annelies Goger, Senior Associate, Social Policy Research Associates.

Andy Hall, Chief Operations Officer, San Diego Workforce Partnership.


Apprenticeship 2.0: Finding the Sweet Spot for Employers and Apprentices

Date: Monday, March 26, 2018

Time: 2:45 PM – 4:00 PM

Location: Lincoln East (subject to change, check here))

Twitter: #Apprenticeships4Tomorrow, #Apprenticeships, #NAWB2018

Apprenticeships offer great promise in the contemporary moment because they blend classroom and work-based learning, they cultivate the talent that businesses need, and they offer people opportunities to build great careers without going deeply into debt. But if they are such a panacea, why do they have such a stodgy image in the U.S.? What if we thought about them differently and built a new ecosystem to support them? In this workshop, participants will learn about design elements and best practices in apprenticeship and pre-apprenticeship. We will share evidence from apprenticeship systems around the world, including the California Apprenticeship Initiative (CAI) in the U.S. Participants will walk away with a set of strategies to help them implement similar programs and systems.


Diane Walton, Division Chief, Employment and Training Administration, U.S. Department of Labor, Region 6.


Vinz Koller, Senior Strategist for Capacity Building, Social Policy Research Associates.

Kristin Wolff, Senior Associate, Social Policy Research Associates.

Dr. Katherine Caves, Postdoctoral Researcher, Swiss Economic Institute , ETH, Zurich.

Follow us on Twitter

SPR: @Social_Policy

Annelies Goger: @annelies_goger

Vinz Koller: @kollerv

Kristin Wolff: @kristinwolff

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