One effective way for manufacturers to develop skilled workers is through apprenticeship programs, which are again taking hold among manufacturers in the U.S. as they look for ways to address their workforce needs.
Per the U.S. Department of Labor, apprenticeship is an -earn and learn- training model that combines work-based learning with related classroom instruction using the highest industry standards. This approach formalizes work-based learning so workers know how to progress toward their career goals, and companies know who is on the path toward promotion into new positions or to replace retiring workers.
Apprenticeships may be registered or unregistered. Registered Apprenticeships are managed by the U.S. Department of Labor while unregistered apprenticeships are managed by companies in direct partnership with training centers, technical schools or community colleges with the goal of meeting their individual needs.
To learn more about apprenticeship programs, take a look at the Manufacturing Institute’s Employer’s Playbook for Building an Apprenticeship Program.