News - - In 2007, spurred by a projected skills gap in South Carolina’s workforce, state policymakers and the South Carolina Technical College System established an innovative apprenticeship program called Apprenticeship Carolina. Today—after just seven years—Apprenticeship Carolina consists of around 700 employer partners and over 10,400 current and former apprentices. This is just one example of many innovative apprenticeship programs emerging across the United States....

....A recent study in Washington state found that for every $1 in state investment in apprenticeships, taxpayers received $23 in net benefits, a return that far exceeds that of any other workforce-training program in the state....

....Although apprenticeships have proven to be an effective workforce-training tool, the United States has been slow to pick up the model. The Department of Labor, or DOL, through its Office of Apprenticeship, administers a small system of registered apprentices. Last year, the United States had about 375,000 registered apprentices, including 164,000 new apprentices who started programs in 2013. Per capita, these figures fall far below those of other nations, such as England, Switzerland, France, Germany, and Scotland....

Ken Notes: GREAT READ!

Read More At: http://www.americanprogress.org/issues/economy/report/2014/09/25/97772/innovations-in-apprenticeship/



- - Volume: 2 - WEEK: 42 Date: 10/14/2014 9:21:01 AM -