Improving Access to Apprenticeship

Strengthening State Policies and Practices

Posted June 1, 2011
By The Working Poor Families Project
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To close the gap between businesses’ need for qualified employees and the skills of unemployed job-seekers, substantial investments are needed in accessible, market-driven education and skills development programs. This brief outlines the need for employers, nonprofits and policy makers to align resources to create and strengthen programs — such as apprenticeships — to train low-skill adults for jobs that can help their families achieve financial stability.

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A pathway to career and financial stability

At a time when businesses are struggling to find skilled workers, and when displaced workers are struggling to find good-paying jobs that can sustain their families, expanding apprenticeship opportunities can provide a path toward providing the training needed for these higher wage careers. The costs of developing and supporting apprenticeship have typically fallen to employers; in order to build a more robust and sustainable apprenticeship system; however, the public and private sectors each have an important role to play.