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Spotlight on Apprenticeship


December 9, 2013


Spotlight on Apprenticeship

The Center for American Progress has released a report describing the value of apprenticeships in the U.S., as well as the challenges it faces. For instance, in Washington, apprenticeship returns $23 dollars to every dollar spent. However, businesses and students are often unaware of apprenticeship and its benefits--there were only 358,000 active registered apprentices in 2012.

The report recommends pumping up marketing and providing tax incentives and competitive grants to support apprenticeship, establishing an online database of opportunities and doing more to recruit high schoolers into apprenticeship, and improving data collection.

In a related Civic Report from the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research, ImmigrationWorks USA President and CEO Tamar Jacoby reviews the benefits of CTE and encourages employers to get more involved through apprenticeship and similar learn-and-earn programs.

Jacoby highlights organizations that have taken in early lead in uniting education with employer-driven standards and/or on-the-job training, including ProStart, the National Center for Construction Education and Research, the National Association of Manufacturers and Siemens. She closes by encouraging the private sector to:

  • recognize their responsibility in helping to develop the future workforce, in partnership with education and government
  • help develop training standards and occupational credentials
  • take part in apprenticeship and other programs that combine on-the-job training with classroom instruction--as Jacoby points out, this can be expensive, but it's worthwhile for both parties

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