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ERIC Number: ED633260
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2023-May
Pages: 11
Abstractor: ERIC
Strengthening America's Workforce: The Path to 4 Million Apprenticeships
Maag, Taylor
Progressive Policy Institute
Apprenticeship is engrained in America's history -- three of the Founding Fathers started their careers as apprentices. Apprenticeship is a model employers can trust, helping to ensure talent is prepared for in-demand opportunities while also providing a quality postsecondary path for young Americans who are questioning the traditional four-year degree. It also is highly attractive to adult learners, who are older and have increased barriers to accessing and completing skill development opportunities due to child care or the need to keep working. Apprenticeships are the original work-education model, allowing adult learners to learn the skills they need without sacrificing a wage and providing education that is applied -- ensuring learning connects immediately to the workforce. To ensure more American workers and businesses benefit from these opportunities and keep pace with other partner nations, the country must dramatically scale up apprenticeship and create roughly 10 times more, reaching the end goal of 4 million apprentices in this country. To get to this number, it is not only a matter of boosting public investment, but also requires a new policy architecture in which public, nonprofit, and private intermediaries play a catalytic role in training and placing apprenticeships in companies. This report presents six key policy recommendations to encourage U.S. policymakers to adopt a novel approach toward scaling up U.S. apprenticeships.
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Postsecondary Education; Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Progressive Policy Institute (PPI)
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