37 - Expanding the Definition of Apprenticeships

Posted September 29, 2020 by Mark Perna

Episode: 37-expanding-the-definition-of-apprenticeships


Tease: Apprenticeships are solely for the skilled trades—or, are they? On The Perna Syndicate today, we’re going to look at how this traditional training pathway is gaining traction in corporate America. Stay tuned!


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Hello, you’re in The Perna Syndicate! I’m your host Mark Perna. Yesterday, we talked about the comeback of apprenticeships in the American workforce. This is a positive trend—and it’s no longer confined to just the skilled trades.


First, let’s define our terms. Apprenticeship.gov, hosted by the U.S. Department of Labor, defines apprenticeship as “an industry-driven, high-quality career pathway where employers can develop and prepare their future workforce, and individuals can obtain paid work experience, classroom instruction, and a portable, nationally recognized credential.”


Notice that there’s no specific mention of the trades, which is what most people associate apprenticeships with. That’s because the definition has expanded. Now, corporate businesses are taking a cue from the apprenticeship model by prioritizing structured coaching relationships and mentorships. While not as formal as some apprenticeship models, these relationships do capture the essence of apprenticeship, in which an experienced worker passes on their knowledge, skills and expertise to a worker new to the field.


Companies that invest in robust apprenticeship programs can reap the immense advantage of a carefully trained, highly skilled workforce. These companies are also building employee trust and loyalty in a world where 43% of Millennial workers and 61% of Gen-Z workers plan to leave their jobs within two years. 


Tomorrow, we’ll talk about why the apprenticeship training model is perfect for the experience-driven millennial and Z generations.


The Perna Syndicate is all about you — shifting the paradigm in education and workforce development. Join me at MarkCPerna.com for more, and thanks for making a difference.

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