Our Mission:

Our mission is to get kids out of the classroom and into the workforce so they can acquire the skills to succeed in life. We connect America’s youth to their dream job, regardless of income, race, gender, educational performance, impairment, and disability.

All services rendered are free to families and employers. In return for our employers giving their time, our team of staff and volunteers document the day. We write an article, make a video, and take photos which we promote on our website and on social media. All services are funded by donations from our contributors.

Why it Matters:

Did you know the skills gap in the United States is a growing crisis for our nation? Among all US employers, 52% are having trouble filling jobs. The most difficult jobs to fill include technicians, skilled trade workers, production operators, and laborers. Source: and

America’s Skills Gap infographic by

According to the labor department, 5.8 million jobs today cannot be filled due to a growing skills gap. “Economists, demographers, and political leaders are increasingly concerned that the next generation of workers won’t be ready to fill millions of new jobs across the country,” source: Of the 47 million youth living in the United States between 6-18 years, 16 million are living in poverty. Our free programs matter because we are working to resolve both of these major issues.

Skilled jobs depend on a skilled workforce and every child (regardless of income, race, gender, educational performance, impairment, and disability) deserves a fair and equal opportunity to succeed in life.

“The kids had a blast!!! Your operation is WONDERFUL! Letting kids experience real life, hands-on training is priceless!! P.S. they were happy to go home with some buffalo meat! I enjoyed you and the students!! See you soon! ” – Cortney White, owner at Mountain Meadow Hunting Preserve.

The skills gap exists across industries:
The supply/demand issue isn’t unique to one industry or certain occupational categories. The analysis below compares the number of job listings for positions to the number of hires using CareerBuilder and Emsi’s extensive labor market database, which pulls from a variety of national and state employment resources as well as online job postings. Source:


2016 Average

Monthly Hires

Avg. Unique Job

Postings (Jan 2016 –

 Dec 2016)

Internists, General



Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck




Marketing Managers



Information Security Analysts



Web Developers



Industrial Engineers



Demonstrators and Product




Sales Managers



Human Resources Managers



Financial Managers




By 2030, the global talent shortage could reach 85.2 million people—costing companies trillions of dollars in lost economic opportunity. Source: Samantha McLaren and Korn Ferry Institute.

Why it’s Important:

Apprentice Day experiences not only help students understand the career opportunities available to them, they also inspire deeper and more personally relevant understanding of the importance of success in school.

This program can:

  • spark a desire to succeed in school in order to reach career goals.
  • turn on the light bulb for students who may need a little help understanding the relevance of success in school
  • offer encouragement to those who excel in school and are excited about pursuing the career of their dreams.

Educators often refer to “authentic learning opportunities.” Year-round, Apprentice Day, Inc. programs offer real-world authentic learning opportunities that benefit students in so many ways and engages local businesses and parents in the process. It’s a win/win.

“It’s a pleasure to work with Apprentice Day and Christina to bring on the job experience to children of all ages! We look forward to bringing apprentices to The Greenbrier again next year!” – Heather Orbaker, Onboarding Coordinator at The Greenbrier

Our Purpose:

Our purpose is to close the skills gap and reach out to all of America’s youth, especially those living in poverty.

“For years, experts have warned that Americans don’t have the skills required for new job fields, especially in engineering, technical, and science-related jobs.”

Our programs demonstrate 5 key elements:

  • we value youth of all backgrounds, race, and gender, without exception
  • we are built around growth and discovery
  • we screen all employers for criminal and workplace safety history. we require 3rd party adult supervision during all introductory visits to ensure youth safety
  • we engage business leaders as key partners in our youths workplace success
  • we strive to seek quality employment opportunities for all of our apprentices

We have the ability to help America’s youth find their strengths and build confidence.

We are working with employers to help build a more dependable, more adaptable, and highly skilled workforce. Our mission emphasizes our core principle – connecting America’s youth to their dream job. It is our duty to advance education through job shadowing programs that introduce youth to various work skills and careers so we can give youth the skills necessary to succeed in life.

“Love it!! Thanks for giving our youth this wonderful opportunity! Abbe had a wonderful day!!!” – Patti Mike Sams, the mother of youth apprentice from The Greenbrier’s apprentice day, held Dec 15, 2016.

Join us in building a community of business leaders to guide young adults in pursuing their dream job, free. We allow employers & apprentices to lead the way, safely.

From receiving a meal at an employer’s business, to transportation, to mentoring, we are here to help with a case by case, needs-based approach.

From the Executive Director: “Apprentice Day is free for kids and businesses. We are building a community of business leaders to guide young adults in exploring their dream jobs because hands-on learning is priceless. Our mission is to get kids out of the classroom and into the workforce so they can succeed in life.” 

We thank you for your support!


Christina Entenmann, Executive Director. Apprentice Network, Inc. (ANi)