Ignite Purpose

Apprentice Learning provides work experiences that ignite passions and create motivation for success by contextualizing academic content with real-world experience. Together, we educate for our future.

“My experience at NorthStar will help me in the future because one day  I would like to own a small part of a company. Now I know how to buy shares of the company and if I’m making a profit in the stock market.” —Marta

Apprentice Learning offers career education programs for eighth-grade students in Boston Public Schools designed to teach essential work skills and habits and expose students to different careers and adults who are passionate about their professions, so that students can make a clear connection between success in school and a satisfying, productive work life.

What We Offer

Experiences that ignite a sense of purpose.

City Summer Internship

We Are Hiring 9th Grade Girls from Boston.

A paid internship program for rising ninth grade girls exploring STEAM careers during the summer. Program Dates: July 9 – August 10, 2018. Contact: info@apprenticelearning.org

Workplace Explorations

One-day workplace visits offer insights to local careers as well as opportunities to meet, practice skills and learn alongside of engaging professionals.

Apprenticeships

Six workplace sessions where students build their career knowledge and a toolkit of communication and self-presentation techniques guided by a mentor at the company.

Launch

Students receive extensive support applying for summer jobs, enrichment programs and paid internships designed to prepare 14-15 year olds for more independence and responsibility.

Our Impact

40% of apprentices land a summer job.

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 School
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Worksite
 Partners
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Apprentices
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Students
 Served
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354 Eighth graders have completed an apprenticeship with one of our 60+ worksite partners.

Skills for Success

The Thrift Shop of Boston
“I learned the true value of being on time.”
Maxwell Health
“I learned about ways the Web works and how posts are sent from one website and/or computer to another. Knowing that nothing can truly be deleted from the web has taught me to be careful of what I post on social media. I will be more cautious of the words, photos, and post I like or write.”
Birch Street House and Garden
“I learned how to be more organized because I learned to put everything in order for the displays. It became a habit. Also, I learned to listen to a specific order exactly as it was said.”
Menton Restaurant
In the kitchen, I learned to always be aware and communicate with each other and to have a neat food space so the food will turn out well.”

Career Knowledge

Trinity Financial
“I’ve come across so many new things from the past 6 weeks such as learning about different types of jobs, real-estate uses, geo-coding and so much more!  It helped me realized that as I get older work is going to be so much more than just a sheet of paper.”
NorthStar Asset Management
“We learned the process of the stock market in the real life world and how to check the amount the stock of a company is worth like Facebook,Twitter, Instagram. I enjoyed that the most because we got to learn something new about companies that we use on our daily life style.”
Menton Restaurant
“I feel so special to get to have this privilege to learn what it takes to be a real chef and what it’s like to work in a real kitchen and especially a kitchen for a fancy restaurant like Menton.”

Dreams & Plans

“Now that I’m 14, I feel like I am ready to take the first step towards my goal and get a job. Ever since I was younger I have always wanted to be one of those people walking down the street with a suitcase in their hand. I’ve always wanted to be the kind of woman who is independent. In order to be this I realize that I was going to work hard in school.
Apprentice Learning gave me a glimpse of what it feels like to be that independent woman.”
Allen & Gerritsen
“I remember you said that said that even after a long day at work, you still give it your all because you want to be here. You’re doing it because, you love it and you have a goal to reach. That inspired me try my hardest when ever I do or try something new.”

Skills for Success

The Thrift Shop of Boston
“I learned the true value of being on time.”
Maxwell Health
“I learned how posts are sent from one website and/or computer to another. Knowing that nothing can truly be deleted from the web has taught me to be careful of what I post on social media.”
Birch Street House and Garden
“I learned how to be more organized.  It became a habit.”
Menton Restaurant
In the kitchen, I learned to always be aware and communicate with each other.”

Career Knowledge

Trinity Financial
“I’ve come across so many different types of jobs, real-estate uses, geo-coding and so much more!  Now, as I get older, work is going to be so much more than just a sheet of paper.”
NorthStar Asset Management
“We learned the process of the stock market to check the amount the stock of a company is worth like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram. I enjoyed  learning something new about companies that we use on our daily life.”
Menton Restaurant
“I feel so special to get to have this privilege to learn what it takes to be a real chef and what it’s like to work in a real kitchen and especially a kitchen for a fancy restaurant like Menton.”

Dreams & Plans

“Apprentice Learning gave me a glimpse of what it feels like to be that independent woman. In order to be this I realize that I am going to work hard in school.”
Allen & Gerritsen
“I remember you said that said that even after a long day at work, you still give it your all because you love it and you have a goal to reach. That inspired me try my hardest when ever I do or try something new.”
Joxcel at Adi's Bike World with owners Adi and Val
Kenya and Jaylin at Vertex Pharmaceuticals Learning Lab
Marzuq (l) shares building plans with Mkhai (r) at Trinity Financial

Get Involved

Use your workplace to broaden a young person’s future.

Schools

We connect schools with Boston’s business community to provide a wide range of hands-on workplace experiences.

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Workplaces

Our experienced team matches the students to your business and guides you to provide an impactful experience.

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Charitable Giving

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