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In response to growing concerns among employers and economists that the United States faces a looming shortage of skilled workers, policymakers across the country are taking a new look at an old idea. Apprenticeship—the time-tested worker-training model that combines on-the-job training with classroom-based instruction—is gaining traction as a possible solution to America’s workforce training and development challenges. From Iowa to South Carolina to Vermont, state governments are making important new investments in this critical training program.

As detailed in the recent Center for American Progress report, “Training for Success: A Policy to Expand Apprenticeships in the United States,” apprenticeships help businesses meet their demand for skilled workers while offering workers higher wages and better employment outcomes. Although young people around the world enter the labor market through apprenticeships, the training model is relatively underused in the United States.

Ken Notes: I wonder if he reads Wisconsin Apprentice, sure sounds like it!
Read More At: http://americanprogress.org/issues/economy/news/2014/06/30/92841/policies-states-can-enact-to-promote-apprenticeship/



- - Volume: 2 - WEEK: 27 Date: 7/1/2014 11:54:18 AM -