More on state apprenticeship programs

Posted on April 7, 2009. Filed under: employment, the economy, workforce |

Yesterday I blogged about New Mexico’s apprenticeship program, matching people with apprenticeship opportunities throughout the state.  There was a big story in the Sunday Albuquerque Journal identifying opportunities.  Today I did a little digging and found that the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment & Training Administration, Office of Apprenticeship (try fitting that on your business card!) provides links to State Apprenticeship websites, and much more information.  See http://www.doleta/oa/sainformation.cfm  

Interested in setting up a program?  There’s information for employers on the site.  Interested in applying for an apprenticeship?  There’s information for individuals too.  In fact, this is an information-rich site! 

So how large is the apprenticeship program in the U.S.?  According to the National Association of State and Territorial Apprenticeship Directors (NASTAD), there are 40,000 program sponsors offering training to ~325,000 apprentices. 

Does it sound to you like this could be one avenue for building the skilled workforce needed for emerging industries?  It does to me. –nks

Need more information?  Perhaps I can help.

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