Posted September 30, 2020 by Mark Perna
Tease: Would you rather learn by doing, or by passively receiving information? Learning by doing is one reason that young people today are choosing apprenticeships. Stay tuned for more on The Perna Syndicate.
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Hi – I’m Mark Perna—welcome to today’s show! Yesterday we talked about how apprenticeships are making a comeback in America. Today, we’re going to look at why this is such good news for the younger generations.
Most people, given the choice, would rather learn through active participation rather than by passively receiving information. This is especially true of millennials and Gen-Z, both of whom fervently believe that “experience is everything.” And they’ve got a point: keeping your hands busy is a lot more fun than sitting at a desk taking notes.
Learning by doing isn’t new. Benjamin Franklin, who at one time was an apprentice to his brother in the printing trade, is quoted as saying, “Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.”
Workers who don’t just learn about their field, but actually experience it through an apprenticeship, can hit the ground running when they launch their career. Not to mention that they usually accomplish their training at a fraction of the cost of most other postsecondary training pathways.
Experience is the best teacher—and for many young people, apprenticeship is the best experience on their journey to a rewarding career.
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