Offers a broad perspective on the benefits of apprenticeship programs, with a specific focus on the possibilities and growing need to expand programs throughout the United States.
"Apprenticeship is a time-honored method for preparing workers to master occupational skills and achieve career success. Young people reap many developmental benefits from engaging in apprenticeships. It is important to expand the scale of apprenticeship training to increase skills and help more workers enter rewarding careers. Despite substantial benefits, federal support for apprenticeship training is meager. Promoting more apprenticeship training will not only expand the effectiveness of education and training and enhance productivity, but it will also integrate many workers who prefer learning-by-doing and the earning-when-learning aspects of apprenticeship training." (p.1). (Abstractor: Author)

Major Findings & Recommendations

"[In the next few] decades, jobs will be emerging in fields amenable to collaborative apprenticeship‐community college training. Other countries with advanced economies are demonstrating that the apprenticeship model can lower youth unemployment and help young people master critical occupational skills that lead to rewarding careers. Currently, apprenticeship yields high social returns in the U.S. as well, but the system lacks the necessary public support to expand. It is time for political leaders, policymakers and the public to recognize and embrace the potential of apprenticeship to generate a high skilled workforce, one well matched to current and future jobs and one that encourages employers to create more highly productive, well‐paid jobs. Promoting more apprenticeship training and apprenticeship‐community college collaboration will not only expand the effectiveness of education and training and enhance productivity, but it will also integrate many workers who prefer learning‐by‐doing and the earning‐when‐learning aspects of apprenticeship training"(p.6). (Abstractor: Author and Website Staff)