We won’t close our skills gap unless we get smart about how we train the next generation of workers set to replace a wave of retiring baby boomers– and apprenticeships will need to play a significant role.
As J.B. Wogan writes in Governing:
“Despite having a college diploma, [Will] Lake didn’t have the skills he needed to find the jobs he wanted. He’s not alone, and that skills gap is thought to be contributing to a strange paradox. In December, about 6.6 million Americans were unemployed, but companies had almost as many job openings — 5.9 million. In many cases, the people looking for work simply aren’t qualified for the positions that companies need to fill…
The apprenticeship model calls for a paradigm shift. For decades, public workforce agencies have trained residents, hoping that private-sector employers will then hire them. With apprenticeships, the employers come to government, identify the shortages they have and the skills they need; government then works with schools or training facilities to meet those demands.”
Click here to read the full story at Governing.com.