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Introducing the Head, Heart, Hands Rubric and Course for Youth Apprenticeship Success

Head, Heart, Hands Method for Youth Apprenticeship Success

Traditional apprenticeship models excel at developing technical skills yet allow for more opportunities to cultivate the emotional intelligence and practical competencies essential for today’s workforce. To address this, we have created the Head, Heart, Hands Rubric for Youth Apprenticeship, a comprehensive framework designed to enhance the apprentice experience by ensuring holistic development. This approach prepares apprentices for technical excellence, emotional intelligence, and practical application, critical for success in diverse and dynamic work environments.

Research Roots

Our application of the 3H model[1] is rooted in:

Each category is integral to crafting a well-rounded apprentice who is skilled, emotionally intelligent, and practically adept.

About the Course

You are invited to take our course, called the Enhancing Youth Apprenticeship with the Head, Heart, Hands Rubric , designed to guide stakeholders like educators, employers, and apprentice sponsors through effectively integrating this holistic framework into their programs.

Here’s what the course offers:

  • Module 1: Introduction to the RubricGet acquainted with the rubric’s purpose and structure.
  • Modules 2, 3, and 4: Detailed Exploration – Dive deep into the three core areas: ‘Head’ for cognitive skills, ‘Heart’ for emotional skills, and ‘Hands’ for hands-on skills.
  • Module 5: Crafting Your Implementation Strategy – Apply your insights to create a robust strategy for integrating the rubric into your apprenticeship initiatives.
  • Module 6: Fostering Continuous Improvement – Learn how to use our DRIVE framework for ongoing enhancement of your apprenticeship programs, focusing on continuous improvement processes that utilize data and feedback to refine and advance your training efforts.

Key Course Features

Enroll Today

Transform how you develop apprentice potential and ensure they are fully prepared for tomorrow’s workplace challenges. Enroll now and start enhancing your apprenticeship programs.

  1. Upon clicking the button below, you’ll be first asked to “Choose a Plan.” Select the first option, which is the Engineer Inclusion Network, and Free to access.
  2. You’ll have to create a login, unless you are already a member of the Engineer Inclusion Network.
  3. Once you are logged into the network, scroll on the left menu to the section called “On-Demand Courses” and open the one titled “Youth Apprenticeship.”

Course access instructions

Download the Rubric

Download the Head, Heart, Hands Rubric for Youth Apprenticeship PDF to guide you through the course or support your work independently. This tool is essential for anyone committed to fostering a generation of skilled, adaptable, and well-rounded professionals.

Download the Head, Heart, Hands Rubric for Youth Apprenticeship Success

When you download this resource, you have the option to be added to our mailing list. You’ll receive an email where you can opt-in. We send about one email with resources and strategies every week. You can unsubscribe at any time.


This project has been funded, wholly or partially, with federal funds from the Department of Labor, Employment & Training Administration under contract number GS10F0094X to Jobs for the Future and subcontracted to and in partnership with Engineer Inclusion. The contents of this program do not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the Department of Labor, nor does mention of trade names, commercial products, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.


  1. Gazibara, S. (2013). “Head, Heart and Hands Learning”-A challenge for contemporary education. The Journal of Education, Culture, and Society, 4(1), 71-82.
  2. Piaget, J. (1964). Cognitive Development in Children Development and Learning. Journal of Research in Science Teaching, 2, 176-186.
  3. Vygotsky, L. S. (1978). Mind in society: The development of higher psychological processes. Massachusetts: Harvard University Press.
  4. Smilkstein, R. (2011). We′ re Born to Learn: Using the Brain′ s Natural Learning Process to Create Today′s Curriculum. Corwin Press.
  5. Bandura, A. (1977). Self-efficacy: toward a unifying theory of behavioral change. Psychological review, 84(2), 191.
  6. Hammond, Z. (2014). Culturally responsive teaching and the brain: Promoting authentic engagement and rigor among culturally and linguistically diverse students. Corwin Press.
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Dr. Meagan Pollock envisions a world where personal and social circumstances are not obstacles to achieving potential, and where kindness, inclusivity, and conservation prevail.

An international speaker, teacher, engineer, and equity leader, her mission is to provide services, tools, and resources that inspire awareness and initiate action.

As an engineer turned educator, Meagan Pollock is focused on engineering equity into education and the workforce.

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