German-Style Apprenticeships in the U.S.

The Journey of An American Apprentice





Nov 12, 2020


The Journey of An American Apprentice | German-Style Apprenticeships in the U.S.

Thursday, November 12, 2020, 6:00 PM EST

In order to highlight the long-term impacts of German-style apprenticeships in the United States, the Bertelsmann Foundation and the Transatlantic Outreach Program (TOP) are hosting a webinar titled "The Journey of An American Apprentice | German-Style Apprenticeships in the U.S."

This joint webinar — sponsored by the Wunderbar Together initiative — will act as a rollout for the official release of the Bertelsmann Foundation’s latest animation titled “The Journey of An American Apprentice.” The animation showcases the story of Gage Blackwell, an engineer and former apprentice at Siemens Charlotte, whose life was turned around through a German-style apprenticeship.

Following the animation, Wood Powell from TOP will deliver a presentation about the proliferation of German-style apprenticeships across the United States.

Following the animation screening and TOP presentation, there will be a moderated discussion between Gage, Wood, Catherine Malone (German American Chamber of Commerce of the Southern US, Inc. (GACC South), Atlanta), and Mark Whitlock (Central Educational Center), about their experiences and advice on apprenticeships for high school teachers and students in the U.S.

By hosting this webinar for high school programs in the United States, teachers and students will hear from both experts within the community and from a current worker who experienced a four-year apprenticeship firsthand. The webinar aims to explain the various apprenticeship opportunities currently available for high school students and recent graduates throughout the United States.


Gage Blackwell, Engineer and Former Apprentice, Siemens

Wood Powell, Managing Director, Transatlantic Outreach Program (TOP)

Catherine Malone, Director, Skills Initiatives, GACC South,

Atlanta Mark Whitlock, CEO, Central Educational Center


Brandon Bohrn, Manager, Transatlantic Relations, Bertelsmann Foundation


Transatlantic Outreach Program (TOP)

Bertelsmann Foundation



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