Apprenticeships Can Kickstart Careers

Nine in 10 Americans who either were apprentices themselves or know someone enrolled in these “earn while learning” programs say the experiences had a positive effect on that person’s career, according to the results of the latest American Staffing Association Workforce Monitor® survey of more than 2,000 U.S. adults conducted online by The Harris Poll.

The vast majority of U.S. adults with an opinion about apprenticeships (92%) view them favorably. Four in five Americans (84%) think that more people should consider apprenticeships, and seven in 10 (68%) wish they knew more about these vocational opportunities, according to the results of the survey.

While four in five (79%) U.S. adults are familiar with apprenticeships, misconceptions abound. One notable fallacy is they are not paid—only two in five Americans (38%) characterize apprenticeships as paying workers a wage, even though a paid-work component is a foundation of these career opportunities, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.

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