American Apprenticeships

Apprenticeships are a valuable tool that allows learners to earn at the same time they are acquiring the necessary skills to thrive in today’s competitive labor market.

What is taking the USA so long to tap into the value of apprenticeships? My theory, at least for the purpose of this post, is that employers are not ignorant of the value of apprenticeships. Especially when the government is offering to subsidize most, if not all, of the expenses associated with hiring the “learning earner”.

Department of Labor has clearly been hustling on their end to make sure to continuously push out content for employers and consortia to see how easy it is to either gain access to an apprentice for your SMB, corporation, or nonprofit. I wonder, though, is the content connecting with employers?

For a moment, I would like to turn to institutions of higher education and the WOIA eligible training programs throughout the country. On the same token, why are you not tapping into the potential of this gigantic abyss of value that is ripe and ready for you to mold into the program or platform your graduates and soon-to-be job seekers might use to seamlessly transition themselves into career paths.

Perhaps that’s it. Creating the conditions for success. Creating the environment for students to learn how to navigate themselves from abc all the way to xyz.

I wonder, though, do you think we need a nation filled with so many creative problem solvers who can think for themselves and steer their own ship and make their own impact on the world?

United Nations and the World Economic Forum seem to think we’re in desperate need of creative problem solvers. Are we preparing the next generation to grow into creative problem solvers? What type of problems will they need to creatively solve? That’s easy…they have to solve all the problems we left behind for them. Just as each generation has done to the next. Perhaps the American Apprenticeship Initiative is an opportunity to do much more than simply provide work-based learning opportunities. What do you think?

I remember back in the fall of 2014 when the American Apprenticeship Initiative was preparing to roll out its first $100+ million in grant funding to support the establishment of a new workforce development tool. I included a link on the comprehensive resource I published, Social Enterprise Reading List.

I loved seeing government support for such a great initiative. Politics aside, 2013-2015 were comprised of some serious growth initiatives by the White House Administration. Tech Hire launched back then which spread like wildfire.

Learning and Earning via Apprenticeship

American Apprenticeships and On-the-Job Training Apprenticeships are a proven path to employment and the middle class: 87 percent of apprentices are employed after completing their programs, and the average starting wage for apprenticeship graduates is over $50,000. 5 Studies from other countries show that employers reap an average return of $1.47 for every dollar they invest in apprenticeships in increased productivity and performance.6 Unfortunately, too few American workers and employers have access to this proven training solution to prepare for better careers or meet their needs for a skilled workforce.