News - - Employers complain about the skills gap they see in prospective employees and apprenticeship programs could prepare future employees to fill open jobs. Nevertheless, enrollment in programs that combined on-the- job hands-on work with classroom training has fallen by 40% in the U.S. between 2003 and 2013. Why the resistance? Unfortunately for our industry, two-thirds of apprenticeship positions are in the construction industry, which turns young people off. And many of those programs are run by unions, which turns employers off.

Readers of CONTRACTOR will find this complaint familiar from this story, which appeared in the Wall Street Journal — employers are afraid that if they train their people, they'll quit and go to work for somebody else. The article also touches on issue of young people, their parents and guidance counselors thinking that the only way to get a good job it to go to college.

Wall Street Journal reporter Lauren Weber wrote:

College degrees and internships don't produce the same quality of worker as intensive, on-the-job apprenticeships...

Ken Notes: We need to rethink the process and start at age 16 instead of after high school. We are allowing kids to fall through the cracks and then complain about the burden they place on society. We still don't get it and still believe we know better.
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- - Volume: 2 - WEEK: 24 Date: 6/10/2014 7:12:39 AM -