Apprenticeships are hot again

There’s a good reason for that.

Modern apprenticeships are the model “earn while you learn” recruitment and development tool for all types of occupations, ranging from front-line supervisors, to bank tellers, to behavioral health counselors, and more. In fact, the U.S. Department of Labor reports there are more than 150,000 employers offering apprenticeship programs in more than 1,000 occupations.

Modern apprenticeships include these features:

  • The intent of making the candidate job ready for a specific role
  • A combination of classroom learning and on-site, on-the-job training
  • A living wage paid to the apprentice
  • An opportunity to convert to full-time employment immediately upon successful completion of the program

Apprenticeships work – for employers and employees.

For employers: According to the U.S. Department of Labor, effective apprenticeship programs produce a 150% ROI for employers.

The key advantage is employers’ ability to cultivate a pipeline of talented workers for needed positions while structuring payment to align with accomplishments.

Another benefit of apprenticeships is they open the door to a wider group of job candidates. The “earn while you learn” feature makes upskilling or reskilling affordable for more people and builds an affordable pipeline of talented workers.

For employees: Current employees and job candidates want relevant skills and knowledge. Apprenticeships give job candidates a way to learn them while being supported with payment, internal coaching, and strong academic knowledge that teaches the “why” as well as the “how.” Apprentices say they are able to immediately apply what they are learning in the classroom on their jobs. And vice versa – they bring real work experience to their classroom discussions. They grow in confidence as they advance in knowledge and skills. And structured compensation that aligns with accomplishments reinforces their confidence, engagement and abilities.

Registered Apprenticeships designed in collaboration with the “Gold Standard” U.S. Department of Labor Apprenticeship Program

The U.S. Department of Labor is strongly backing modern apprenticeships and actively supports companies that offer these programs. Registered Apprenticeships are the “Gold Standard” for these programs. Participants who successfully complete a Registered Apprenticeship receive a Certificate of Completion from the U.S. Department of Labor.

5 Guidelines for an Effective Registered Apprenticeship Program.

If you’re interested in creating a Registered Apprenticeship Program, download a free white paper, designed to give you a starting point for designing your program. It’s available here:

Registered Apprenticeship Education Partner

Corporate Learning Solutions powered by Bellevue University currently works with more than 50 national corporations to provide education, training, tuition assistance programs and curriculum design. Bellevue University has designed and offered Registered Apprenticeship Programs for the following occupations:

  • Office Manager/Front-Line Supervisor
  • Behavioral Health: Substance Use and Treatment
  • Banking Tellers and Personal Bankers

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