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By Loryn Cesario

Do you have questions about apprenticeships? Chances are this new publication has an answer or two for you.

apprentices from Colorado careerwiseNCSL staff in the Employment, Labor and Retirement Program contributed a chapter to "Skilling Up: The Scope of Modern Apprenticeship," a joint project of the Kentucky Education & Workforce Development Cabinet and the Urban Institute.

The chapter, jointly authored by Chelsea Canada, Loryn Cesario and Iris Hentze, provides a brief history of apprenticeships in the United States, recent state policy addressing apprenticeships and federal actions expanding apprenticeship opportunities.

As unemployment has dropped and employers are searching for the right workers, apprenticeships have reclaimed a place in both policy discussions and the broader public. The opportunity to earn wages while learning new technical skills or trades also offers benefits to workers who may not want to take on debt for post-secondary education or those looking to change careers.

In addition to covering policy options, the broader publication offers chapters focusing on partnerships between apprenticeship programs and businesses, the use of apprenticeship models in educational institutions and providing apprenticeship opportunities for underserved communities.

Read the article from NCSL.

Loryn Cesario is a policy associate in NCSL's Employment, Labor and Retirement Program.

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