36 - Apprenticeships are Back

Posted September 28, 2020 by Mark Perna



Tease: 68% of Americans believe that learning a specific trade is better for finding a job than getting a bachelor’s degree—what do you think? Let’s talk about it today on The Perna Syndicate.


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Hello, and welcome to the show! I’m your host Mark Perna, and today, we’re going to look at an old-fashioned career pathway that is suddenly new again: apprenticeships. 


According to the latest ASA Workforce Monitor survey, most Americans agree that apprenticeships—or “earn while learning” career opportunities—make people more employable than going to college. Additionally, a New America study reports that 83% of Americans are in favor of increased government funding to support apprenticeship. 


Once upon a time, apprenticeship involved a young person being indentured to work under an established tradesman. Today, it’s so much more—and public perception is starting to catch up. 


According to the ASA survey, roughly seven in 10 adults in the U.S. say that learning a specific trade is better for finding a job than a bachelor’s degree. 69% say that college degrees aren’t worth as much as they used to be. 


Meanwhile, fully 71% disagree that completing an apprenticeship will limit one’s future employment options. Another 60% disagree that earn-while-learning programs generally lead to a lower salary than occupations requiring a college degree.


Apprenticeship is making a comeback—and it’s about time. Tomorrow, we’ll talk about why this training model is perfect for the experience-driven millennial and Z generations.


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