A version of this post originally appeared on the US Department of Labor blog. Thanks to funding from Congress and leadership by the Obama administration, the US Department of Labor issued a grant announcement requesting proposals from national intermediary organizations to expand apprenticeships in the United States. Intermediaries stand between the government and private individuals,
Republican and Democratic leaders have long agreed on the goals of expanding economic opportunity and upward mobility and of rapid economic growth. Now, both sides are finding common ground on one of the best means to achieving these goals—expanding apprenticeships.
Dr. Robert Lerman on how apprenticeship can help young men without college degrees get good jobs: The Many Benefits of Expanding U.S. Apprenticeship http://blog.metrotrends.org/2013/12/benefits-expanding-u-s-apprenticeships/
South Carolina’s success in making technical skills “cool” and attracting employer participation shows that apprenticeship can work in the U.S. See Bob Lerman and Nicholas Wyman’s article on the PBS News Hour website.
Government policymakers should consider the strong evidence that apprenticeship works, and allocate more money for apprenticeship programs. Evidence-based policy calls for expanding apprenticships
Bob Lerman: The Common Core is taking the educational community by storm. As Andrew Hacker and Claudia Dreifus point out in last Sunday’s New York Times, 45 states and the District of Columbia have adopted the curriculum and will begin testing students on the material in the 2014-2015 academic year.
Robert Lerman: My last post for Making Sen$e argued for a way of reducing youth unemployment and underemployment, raising the skills and productivity of American workers, making young people productive earners as they learn, developing genuine mastery in an occupational field and increasing lifetime incomes substantially. In other words, expanding apprenticeship.
Reprinted from the Washington Post, May 3rd 2013 edition By Stuart E. Eizenstat and Robert I. Lerman, Published: May 3 Stuart E. Eizenstat was chief White House domestic policy adviser to President Jimmy Carter and undersecretary of commerce for international trade in the Clinton administration. Robert I. Lerman is an economics professor at American University and
Apprenticeship policy in England: Increasing skills versus boosting young people’s job prospects Hilary Steedman, 6 October 2012 As in every downturn, youth unemployment is a serious concern. This column looks at apprenticeship policy in England. It argues that England is a long way off the apprentice numbers of countries like Germany but with a clear
Economist Bob Lerman proposes a solution to the youth unemployment crisis in the United States. Lerman argues the quickest way to getting unemployed kids off the streets and onto the payroll is through work apprenticeships.