ERIC Number: ED302731
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Dec-3
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Apprenticeship/Vocational Education--Skilled Work Force.
Miller, Minor R.
Since the passage of the National Apprenticeship Act in 1937 apprenticeship has remained a totally voluntary program, the costs of which are covered by the program sponsor (either an employer, a joint labor-employer sponsor, or a government agency). As of 1988, there were about 325,000 apprentices in training and another 55,000 in the armed forces. More than 800 occupations are currently approved as apprenticeable, with most being in the construction and building trades and in manufacturing. An issue paper examining major apprenticeship issues was published in the December 1987 "Federal Register," and three public meetings were held across the nation to solicit comments concerning the future directions of apprenticeship and the government role in shaping its future. Overwhelming support was expressed for the apprenticeship concept as a method of producing skilled workers. There was a significant consensus that apprenticeship should be expanded, albeit reasonably and with limits on occupations. Opinions were quite diverse, however, on the role that the federal government should play in apprenticeship. The most frequently expressed suggestions were that the government's role should be limited to providing technical assistance, incentives, tax credits, grants and demonstration projects, and "national leadership." (MN)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the American Vocational Association Convention (St. Louis, MO, December 3, 1988).