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ERIC Number: ED508268
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Mar
Pages: 133
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 29
The Benefits and Challenges of Registered Apprenticeship: The Sponsors' Perspective
Lerman, Robert; Eyster, Lauren; Chambers, Kate
Urban Institute (NJ1)
The Employment and Training Administration (ETA) of the U.S. Department of Labor oversees the registered apprenticeship system by issuing standards, monitoring state agencies, and promoting registered apprenticeship. Registered apprenticeship program "sponsors" are individual employers or groups of employers (sometimes in collaboration with unions) who play a critical role. To better understand the perspective of sponsors, who are mainly employers, ETA commissioned a survey to learn more about what sponsors value, dislike, or would like to see changed about registered apprenticeship. The survey of sponsors was conducted in 2007 with a random stratified sample drawn from 90 percent of eligible sponsors nationally. Sponsors were asked about characteristics of their program and about their views on the value, benefits, and drawbacks of registered apprenticeship, its integration with the workforce investment systems, apprentice completion and reasons for non-completion, and suggestions for possible improvement. There were a total of 974 responses (for an estimated response rate of just over 70 percent). Key findings of the survey include: (1) Nearly nine of every 10 sponsors would "strongly recommend" registered apprenticeship to others; (2) Competitor firms' bidding away trained apprentices (commonly called "poaching") was a concern but not a deterrent to providing apprenticeship training; (3) Completion rates reported by sponsors were very high with 54 percent saying that at least 80 percent of their apprentices completed their program; (4) Sponsors often use current employees to recruit new apprentices but the second most frequently cited source was community colleges and public technical schools; (5) Many sponsors say they want help in finding and screening applicants, as well as in finding related instruction; (6) Sponsors generally gave high marks to their State Apprenticeship Agencies; (7) The majority of sponsors wanted to know more about competency-based approaches; and (8) Sponsors' interactions with the Workforce Investment System were generally quite limited. Appendices include: (1) Additional Tables; (2) Methodology; and (3) Survey Responses with Weighted Sample Sizes and Standard Errors. (Contains 13 footnotes and 63 tables.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Employment and Training Administration (DOL), Office of Policy Development and Research
Authoring Institution: Urban Institute, Center on Labor, Human Services, and Population