Apprenticeship Programs Are Rapidly Growing in New Industries

Between 2013 and 2018, the number of apprenticeship programs in the U.S. more than doubled, and the U.S. Department of Labor reports that the return on investment of apprenticeship programs is 147%. Although apprenticeships have long been viewed as for blue-collar industries, tech companies and small businesses in a variety of industries are increasingly adopting the practice because of difficulties filling specialized roles, a desire to diversify their hiring pipelines, and the ability to teach apprentices exactly what they need to know on the job.

The California Apprenticeship Initiative (CAI), administered by the Foundation for California Community Colleges, has created a list of priority and emerging industry sectors that can benefit from the apprenticeship model, including:

  • Advanced Manufacturing
  • Advanced Transportation
  • Agriculture, Water & Environmental Technologies
  • Energy, Construction & Utilities
  • Global Trade & Logistics
  • Health
  • Information & Communication Technologies/Digital Media
  • Life Sciences/Biotech
  • Retail/Hospitality/Tourism

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