Apprenticeship Fills the Gap
- 6.5 million new California job openings will be generated by 2014
- Only 22 percent of California’s jobs require a bachelor’s degree or higher
- Labor market experts predict that 75 percent of new jobs will require a high level of technical literacy—and that’s what apprenticeship offers
Apprenticeship is not just a job—it’s a career opportunity
What is apprenticeship?
- Apprenticeship is a system of learning while earning, and “learning by doing.”
- It combines training on the job with related and supplemental instruction at school.
- The apprenticeship training system is unique in that its basic foundation is a partnership between industry, education and government.
- Classes may count toward a college degree.
What kinds of opportunities are there for apprentices?
- There are more than 850 apprenticeable occupations in the United States, and over 200 apprenticeable occupations active in California.
- California’s infrastructure need rebuilding. Thousands of jobs in the construction crafts will be available as a result.
What can schools do?
- Increase awareness of the skilled trades in K-12 education.
- Encourage school counselors to guide students that are likely candidates to explore the career possibilities that skilled and technical trades and crafts offer.
- Bring pre-apprenticeship programs and career technical education programs into the schools.
- Ask an apprenticeship consultant to speak with school counselors and staff in the classroom and at job fairs.
Why should K-12 Schools care about apprenticeship?
- Thirty percent of freshmen entering high school in California drop out—
only 70 percent graduate.
- Of the total freshmen, 43 percent enter community colleges or state colleges and universities. Only sixteen percent receive a BA or BS degree within six years.
- The average beginning apprentice is 27 years old and has attempted five careers.
- Industry employment projections, California Employment Development Department, www.labormarketinfo.edd.ca.gov
- California Performance Review Report—ETV25 Balance Career Technical Education and College Preparation in High Schools, cpr.ca.gov
- 1999-2003 high school enrollment and graduation data provided by the California Department of Education
- Enrollment data for first-time freshmen in Fall 2003 provided by the University of California and California State University systems