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Intermediaries Play Key Role in Expanding Apprenticeships
Many government and foundation leaders believe that intermediaries are needed to expand the level of apprenticeship activity in the U.S. This article provides context for the increased attention on intermediaries and examines the model and track record of the Vermont Healthcare and Information Technology Education Center, better known as Vermont HITEC, a leading apprenticeship intermediary.
Apprenticeships and Their Potential in the U.S.
Government, foundation, and workforce leaders are displaying keen interest in apprenticeships as a way to give job seekers skills, credentials, and access to careers. This increased interest is also part of the greater attention to workforce development strategies that engage employers. Apprenticeships have a long history with roots in ancient times. The Code of Hammurabi of Babylon, which dates back to the 18th century bce, required artisans to teach their crafts to the next generation. By the 13th century, a type of apprenticeship emerged in Western Europe in the form of craft guilds.1 In ...
New perspectives, new partners, new pathways: extending opportunities for our youth
Welcoming Remarks at the Bridging the Gap: Promising Approaches and Emerging Practices for Addressing Youth Unemployment Conference Organized by the Community Development Studies & Education Department
Learning in the Fast Lane
Dale Phillips, a night-shift maintenance supervisor at BMW's plant in Spartanburg, S.C., is busy balancing a full-time job with online coursework to complete a bachelor's degree in management. He oversees a team of equipment-services associates in the plant's paint shop, whose duties include preventing equipment breakdowns in the conveyors, lifts, pumps, and industrial robots. He says he never envisioned such a career until four years ago, when he started at the plant as an apprentice after spending most of his 20s and 30s as a grocery store manager.