Building a robust apprenticeship system in the US: why and how?

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Author: Lerman, Robert I.


Apprenticeship expansion has become a bipartisan goal, endorsed and acted upon by President Trump at the beginning of his term and President Obama toward the end of his two terms. This paper begins by defining apprenticeships and then discusses 'why' apprenticeship can be an especially cost-effective approach to increasing skills, productivity, and ultimately wages. At this point, with the increasing acceptance of the rationale for expanding apprenticeship, the paper turns to the 'how' questions. Is it feasible to scale up the US system to reach numbers comparable to those in Australia...  [+] Show more

Subjects: Apprenticeship; Outcomes; Workforce development

Keywords: Labour supply; Education and training reform; Cost effectiveness; Employability; Job skill; Skill development; Productivity; Return on education and training; Relevance of education and training; Economic impact; Policy implications

Geographic subjects: United States; North America

Published: Nashville, Tennessee: American Economic Association, 2018

Physical description: 25 p.

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Date: 2018

Place: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Resource type: Conference

Call number: TD/TNC 137.136

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