This brief responds to emerging questions about workforce and apprenticeship data and data systems. While a few states like Michigan, Ohio, and Washington, are well on their way to working with apprenticeship data in an integrated workforce system context, most states treat these programs as separate and distinct. This brief explores apprenticeship data as important assets within the broader workforce system and shows how these data can be leveraged to create new opportunities for workers.

As Registered Apprenticeship Programs expand rapidly, their data systems have received little attention. This brief explores why apprenticeship data are so important, what these data can and cannot tell us about programs, and how apprenticeship data might be leveraged within broader workforce data systems to inform critical policy questions.