For decades, the skilled trades have led the way in developing and refining apprenticeships in America and providing businesses a strategy to train for the skills they need.
National Apprenticeship Week this year is from Nov 14 – 20. U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez says: “Apprenticeships are experiencing a modern renaissance in America because the earn-while-learn model is a win-win proposition for workers looking to punch their ticket to the middle-class and for employers looking to grow and thrive in our modern global economy”.
There are more than 445,000 active apprenticeships across the country, with more added every day. And new investments are helping expand apprenticeships into high-growth industries like health care, IT and cyber security.
These programs not only offer an education – in many cases at no or low cost to participants– but also provide a clear career path forward through new skills, higher wages and opportunities for advancement.