There is a growing movement in today's tight labor market with the resurgence of apprenticeships. A proven practice to prepare individuals for a career in a middle-skilled trade, apprenticeships are coming to the forefront of the job market as an alternative to expensive and time-consuming degrees.
As the cost of four year degrees continue to rise, degree programs have become out of reach for many Americans. While certainly valuable, four year degrees are not the only pathway for gainful employment.
In fact, apprenticeship programs can be a strong foundation for a very successful career in the skilled trades. However, there needs to be a shift in mindset so that the stigma of apprenticeships and other non-degree career pathways ends.
Not only do apprenticeships prepare individuals for rewarding careers, but they boast several other advantages, too. Apprentice programs allow individuals to work while earning money, so there is no delay of two or four years to begin to apply the skills learned and earn a wage. And unlike their college counter-parts, apprentice and other learn-and-earn models do not require a major financial investment and debt accumulation.
Furthermore, the current skills gap, wherein there are too many jobs and not enough skilled workers to fill them, has only exacerbated the job market to the point that middle-skilled jobs are in increasingly high demand. Coupled with this high demand, middle-skilled jobs also hold a wealth of opportunity for professional development and career growth.
In a recent interview with EdTech Times, Penn Foster's own Collin Gutman further explains the benefits of apprenticeship programs for both working individuals and employers. To listen or read the entire interview, click the button below.