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Apprenticeships Can Help You Launch Your Career

Are you trying to enter a new field, but keep hitting dead ends? An apprenticeship may be just the ticket! A recent study found that individuals participating in an apprenticeship found that their careers took off quickly.

Nine in 10 Americans who either were apprentices themselves or know someone enrolled in these “earn while learning” programs say the experiences had a positive effect on that person’s career, according to the results of the latest American Staffing Association Workforce Monitor® survey of more than 2,000 U.S. adults conducted online by The Harris Poll.

The vast majority of U.S. adults with an opinion about apprenticeships (92%) view them favorably. Four in five Americans (84%) think that more people should consider apprenticeships, and seven in 10 (68%) wish they knew more about these vocational opportunities, according to the results of the survey.

While four in five (79%) U.S. adults are familiar with apprenticeships, misconceptions abound. One notable fallacy is they are not paid—only two in five Americans (38%) characterize apprenticeships as paying workers a wage, even though a paid-work component is a foundation of these career opportunities, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.

Millennials (aged 18‒34) are particularly open to apprenticeships. After being given the definition of an apprenticeship as “a program that combines a paid work component and an educational or instructional component, where a person can learn relevant knowledge and skills on the job,” a majority (54%) say they are likely to consider these learning opportunities in the next two years—significantly more than any other age group.

“Apprenticeships not only offer people the benefit of earning a wage while learning new skills or vocations, they are going to become an essential element of recruiting, retention, and employee development programs in the future,” said Richard Wahlquist, ASA president and chief executive officer. “As most Americans view apprenticeships positively, employers have a great opportunity to develop new work-based learning programs to ensure American workers have accesses to upskilling and reskilling programs that can kickstart careers.”

Source: American Staffing Association: Apprenticeships Can Kickstart Careers; June 2018