A workforce-development practice prominently and effectively deployed in international settings, apprenticeship has generated heightened interest in the United States as of late. President Barack Obama has sought to double the number of apprentices within five years, while New Jersey Senator Cory Booker has sponsor the LEAP Act, which would deliver a federal tax credit to employers who hire apprentices.
These efforts seek to fortify weaknesses undermining both the supply and demand sides of the equation: firms reportedly cannot locate sufficiently skilled talent and individuals lack the training to participate more meaningfully in the economy. Updated versions of centuries-old apprenticeship models could cultivate an adaptable workforce more attuned to the competitive needs of the private sector, while simultaneously equipping citizens with professional proficiencies in a practical, cost-efficient manner.
Joining New Start New Jersey for a detailed consideration of apprenticeship is Angela Hanks, the Associate Director of Workforce Development Policy at the Center for American Progress.