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SXSWedu 2014

Frameworks for Modern-Day Apprenticeships

In the U.S., most college graduates are in debt and ill-prepared to meet the demands of the modern workforce. In this panel, representatives from forward-thinking businesses will explore how apprenticeships can sustainably cultivate attitudes and skillsets that are valuable to the 21st-century marketplace.

When compared to its counterparts, the U.S. graduates fewer individuals many of whom still can’t find a job. To remain competitive, the U.S. is investing in degree-granting programs for STEM careers. Yet, some experts argue this is not preparing individuals for the global marketplace where critical thinking, collaboration, grit, entrepreneurialism, and imagination will be in demand.

Apprenticeship-savvy panelists will discuss the appropriateness and ROI of apprenticeships when compared to other learning experiences. Additionally, panelists will explore: components of great apprenticeships; scaling & success metrics; and the future of apprenticeships in education and industry.

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  1. What is the value and ROI of apprenticeships when compared to classroom experiences, mentorships and/or internships?
  2. What are the core components of a great apprenticeship and how can an apprenticeship program be monitored, regulated and scaled?
  3. What could the future of internships look like in education and industry?


  • Jonathan Lewis, Interaction Designer | Service Designer, Freelance
  • Jon Kolko, Director of Austin Center for Design, MyEdu
  • Diana Griffin, Co-founder, GirlsGuild
  • Fred Beecher, User Experience Designer, UX Apprenticeship Lead, The Nerdery


Jonathan Lewis, Interaction Designer | Service Designer, Freelance

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  • Event: EDU
  • Format: Panel Discussion
  • Track: Continuing Education & Workforce Development
  • Session Focus Area
  • Level: Intermediate
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