Are apprenticeships the new undergraduate degree? The Administration is betting that for many Americans, it will be.
The Labor Department unveiled on Thursday a new website to promote business apprenticeship programs, apprenticeship.gov, billed as a “one-stop source for all things apprenticeship.” The free site is essentially a search engine intended to help employers promote opportunities for apprenticeships and to help workers find them. …
Trump’s administration has aggressively promoted apprenticeships as an alternative to higher education, arguing there is a strong demand for skilled workers not currently being met and that they provide good-paying careers without having to incur the debt typically entailed by higher education. In a June 2017 executive order Trump declared that “expanding apprenticeships and reforming ineffective education and workforce development programs will help … more Americans to obtain relevant skills and high-paying jobs.” The effort has been applauded by both business groups and organized labor, representatives of both participated in a “task force on apprenticeship expansion.
We know America’s higher education system is broken. With Americans struggling under $1.48 trillion in outstanding student debt, could apprenticeships be a part of the solution? Check out apprenticeships.gov, here.