ERIC Number: ED457345
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001-Sep
Registered Apprenticeships: Labor Could Do More To Expand to Other Occupations. Report to the Chairman, Subcommittee on 21st Century Competitiveness, Committee on Education and the Workforce, House of Representatives.
Nilsen, Sigurd R.
A study identified United States Department of Labor efforts to expand apprenticeship to new occupations and explained impediments to establishing apprenticeship programs in fields not traditionally apprenticed (e.g., high technology and biotechnology). Labor had not systematically identified new occupations suitable for apprenticeship programs that could respond to needs for skilled labor nor successfully alleviated concerns of employers about apprenticeship requirements, resulting in slow expansion to new occupations. Employers' concerns were reluctance to commit to incremental increases in wages required by apprenticeship regulations, and no national information-sharing mechanism. Labor's apprenticeship database was incompatible with some states' systems; it was unable to measure its progress in expanding apprenticeship and could not readily identify and share its successes with potential sponsors. Six apprenticeship programs were identified in which training helped to develop workers with particular skills sought by industry. Key to establishment were close interaction between employers and federal or state apprenticeship officials; apprenticeship representatives who fostered good communication early in the process and resolved concerns among all parties; and coordination with other federal and state workforce development efforts to obtain necessary resources. (Summaries of example programs are appended.) (YLB)
Descriptors: Apprenticeships, Cooperative Programs, Coordination, Education Work Relationship, Emerging Occupations, Employer Attitudes, Federal Government, Federal Programs, Government Role, Job Development, Labor Force Development, Labor Needs, Partnerships in Education, Postsecondary Education, Program Development, Program Implementation, Secondary Education, State Government, Technical Occupations, Technological Advancement, Unions, Vocational Education
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: General Accounting Office, Washington, DC.