I was drawn to apprenticeship because I know it works. When I heard about what CareerWise is doing with apprenticeship it clicked for me—because I experienced it throughout my football career, from my rookie season to my all-pro season as an NFL wide receiver. It wasn’t called an apprenticeship, but it may as well have been because it parallels the same classroom and practical learning structure that prepared me to step into full-time roles while contributing and learning on the job.
The most successful NFL teams are the ones that have figured out how to:
And the keys to apprenticeship parallels those success factors:
In the NFL, it doesn’t matter what zip code you grew up in. That’s not always the case in today’s more traditional workforce. Youth apprenticeship is a way for us to start leveling the playing field for any student.