This is an excellent article from the Chicago Tribune on the possibilities and challenges of apprenticeship in the workforce. Read the full article here….
Here are some interesting excerpts…
“Much like the Obama administration, the Trump administration has been a vocal supporter of apprenticeships. President Donald Trump in June signed an executive order calling for doubling the amount of federal grants that support apprenticeships to $200 million.”
“Apprenticeships represent a cost for companies, but research shows that the programs can be well worth the investment.”
“In addition to addressing skills gaps, apprenticeships are being used to combat high unemployment among youths in disadvantaged communities.
The Illinois Department of Commerce and Opportunity in July announced the launch of Apprenticeship Plus, a pilot program targeting 16- to 24-year-olds, funded by $1.5 million in federal Labor Department grants that will be spread across nine programs around the state. More than 300 youths will be trained in construction, health care, IT and manufacturing.”