Closing America’s job skills gap hinges on apprenticeship programs, suggests a new Department of Commerce study. Apprenticeships train workers to fill important jobs, providing companies with a talent pipeline, and perhaps most critically, allow companies to bring on highly skilled workers to complement new technologies and equipment.
Despite fears surrounding technological obsolescence, “this idea that there’s necessarily a conflict between automation and employment is really wrong,” says Susan Helper, a PVMI member and economist at Case Western University. “Apprenticeship is really a great step to bridge these gaps.”
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