SSTI members share success from apprenticeships and other programs
24 Nov 2021
A job market that was struck an unprecedented blow with the pandemic became the focus of a recovery built on better jobs, not simply maintaining the status quo. And for workers across the country, myriad programs exist, or are being developed, to help them upskill or reskill as they seek new opportunities and adjust to changing demands of the labor market. Even as National Apprenticeship Week is underway this week, change is evident as the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) is seeking public comment on its proposal to rescind Industry-Recognized Apprenticeship Programs (IRAPs), which it says would allow the department to direct its resources toward expanding access to good-paying jobs through the Registered Apprenticeship program and create reliable pathways to middle class.
In distinguishing among programs, the DOL noted that a Registered Apprenticeship Program must be registered with the U.S. Department of Labor Office of Apprenticeship or their respective state apprenticeship agency. Registered apprenticeship programs have the following key components: they are paid jobs, they include on-the-job learning as well as classroom learning, there is one-to-one mentorship support, and apprentices receive a portable, nationally-recognized credential upon the completion of the program. Because of this structure, they tend to be more robust than other types of work-based learning like internships and job shadowing.