Workforce skill development is a basis for economic growth. It connects workers to economic opportunity while matching the skill needs of employers in high-demand industries. Programs in nontraditional industries – those outside of traditional trades – are emerging as priorities for growth in the apprenticeship system. But, for many workforce boards, execution of apprenticeship programs still have key areas of concern:
- Shortage of employer participation: Employer involvement is vital to program success. Yet, workforce boards require assistance convincing employers of apprenticeship’s value.
- Inadequacy of apprentice recruitment: Public perception of apprenticeships are antiquated. Workforce boards need help developing marketing and outreach strategies specific to apprenticeship.
- Lack of knowledge or capacity for administration and implementation of apprenticeship: Navigating the logistics of apprenticeship programs can be confusing and time-consuming. Standards and policies are evolving, and workforce boards are asking for support maneuvering through the maze of requirements and resources.
State economic development and workforce boards understand the value of apprenticeship to their communities. Feedback says that programs need to include more hands-on support with planning, execution, funding, replication, and expansion.
Franklin Apprenticeships — a firm dedicated to helping businesses solve skilled labor shortages, communities attract workforce talent, and individuals develop middle skills career pathways through apprenticeship — partners with State Apprenticeship Divisions to support with program definition, administration, funding, and execution.
Reach out to us and learn how we can help grow your State’s workforce.