Skills for Success: Apprenticeship and the Future of Work

SPR is thrilled to help coordinate Skills for Success: Apprenticeship and the Future of Work, an afternoon event that is part of a weeklong festival called Zurich Meets San Francisco.

When:       Wednesday, October 24, 2018, 2:30 p.m. – 7:45 p.m.

Where:      Hotel Kabuki

1625 Post Street, San Francisco, CA 94511 [Map]

Skills for Success will focus on how dual education and training systems can help engage untapped talent in California and help prepare us all for the future of work. With tight labor markets and skill shortages, as well as a mounting student debt crisis and rising income inequality, many workforce and education leaders are turning to successful models outside the U.S. for inspiration. This event will focus on how the Swiss model might inspire a California version.  In Switzerland, 70% of all high-school students are in dual educational pathways of their choosing that pair education and on-the-job training, leading them into careers and higher education while earning an income.

Speakers include:

  • Suzi LeVine, Commissioner, Washington State Employment Security Department, and Former U.S. Ambassador to Switzerland
  • John Dunn, Assistant Secretary for Apprenticeship & Worker Training, California Labor and Workforce Development Agency, USA
  • Carmen Walker-Späh, Government Councilor and Head of the Department for Economic Affairs of the Canton of Zürich, Switzerland
  • Joshua Arce, Director, Workforce Development, City and County of San Francisco
  • Panelists from New America, the U.S. Department of Labor, Nova Workforce Board, the Global Apprenticeship Network, and Social Policy Research Associates
  • A panel of employers and apprentices from Microsoft, Cisco Systems, Zurich Insurance, Noser Young Professionals, and the Zurich University of Applied Sciences ZHAW

A detailed program agenda is available here.

How to Register?  

This is event is free to attend, but there is a limited number of tickets left. Please register on the website: Skills for Success: Apprenticeship and the Future of Work. This event is organized by Winterthur, in cooperation with the California Workforce Association, Social Policy Research Associates, the Global Apprenticeship Network, and swissnex SF.