Across the country, people hoping to work in occupations as diverse as cosmetology and alarm installation are required to first pay for licenses that require hundreds of days of education and training. The time and cost commitment involved with these licenses often act a barriers to work for many Americans.

But there are alternative paths to work. Expanded Apprenticeships allow the completion of government-approved, private sector-created apprenticeships to fulfill costly licensing requirements–ensuring that workers receive the training they need, but in a cost-effective and expedited way. And because these apprenticeships are paid, this reform opens opportunities for young and low-income Americans to experience the freedom of work.