Today’s blog post was shared by the U.S. Department of Labor and comes from blog.dol.gov via Causey Law Firm, located in Seattle. In this recent blog post, Labor Secretary Tom Perez promotes apprenticeships. “Every business I visit that has an apprenticeship program swears by it. They talk about the incredible return on investment: greater worker productivity, higher retention rates, reduced injuries and improved morale they see from their apprentices,” Perez writes. Recent grants will not only expand the number of apprenticeships available but also promote new industries participation, including health care, finance and IT, according to the blog post.
Any effort that trains today’s workers for the jobs of the future seems to be a good investment to me. As a bonus, such results as reduced injuries for those workers who have been apprentices, also obviously lead to safer workplaces. I look forward to learning more about this effort and seeing what develops for apprenticeships in Nebraska and Iowa.
Since Day One, the Obama administration has been focused on building a training and workforce system that serves job seekers and job creators alike. We’re empowering people with the tools to punch their ticket to the middle class, while giving employers a pipeline of skilled workers so they can grow and compete in the 21-century economy.
That’s why we’re doubling down on apprenticeship, a tried and true, earn-while-you-learn model. Every business I visit that has an apprenticeship program swears by it. They talk about the incredible return on investment: greater worker productivity, higher retention rates, reduced injuries and improved morale they see from their apprentices.
And for the themselves, the benefits are undeniable. The average starting salary upon graduation is $50,000. An apprentice will earn an average of $300,000 more in wages and benefits over his or her career than peers who haven’t apprenticed. Apprenticeship offers a smooth pathway to the middle class and to a college degree for those who wish to continue their education and training. I like to call it the other college – without the debt.
President Obama has made it clear that apprenticeships are critical to the strength of our workforce and our economy. Today, at Macomb Community College in Michigan, he announced…