Advancing US and German Apprenticeship Best Practices





Feb 25, 2022


Advancing US and German Apprenticeship Best Practices

February 25, 2022, 9:00am - 10:30pm PST // 12:00-1:30pm EST

In Germany, apprenticeships are a common pathway to enter the workforce, and more than half of young adults pursuing this route and employers have collectively engaged in setting apprenticeship learning standards. In the US, apprenticeships are a small and growing share of the workforce and offer employers considerable flexibility in design. Each country’s system takes a different approach, but both ensure that apprentices receive high-quality training, employers cultivate needed talent, and the benefits of apprenticeship extend throughout society. What can we learn from these countries to help advance the success of apprenticeships everywhere?

Please join the Urban Institute and DIAG USA for a discussion of German and US apprenticeship best practices to advance high-quality apprenticeships, featuring the first lady of Germany, the German consul general of Los Angeles, the lieutenant governor of California, the secretary of California’s Labor and Workforce Development Agency, and other distinguished guests.


Elke Büdenbender, First Lady of the Federal Republic of Germany

Stefan Schneider, German Consul General of the Federal Republic of Germany in Los Angeles

Diana Elliott, Senior Fellow, Urban Institute

Miriam Farnbauer, Project Director, Skills Initiative

Joshua Johnson, Director, Jobs for the Future

Eleni Kounalakis, Lieutenant Governor of California

Dr. Hannelore Kress, Senior Research Officer, Federal Institute of Vocational Education and Training (BIBB)

Natalie Palugyai, Secretary, California Labor and Workforce Development Agency

Jordan Pounds, Apprentice, Blum Inc.

Timo Oßwald, Apprentice, Festo SE




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