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Apprenticeships make people more job-ready than college, say majority: ASA survey

August 09, 2018

Apprenticeships make people more employable than going to college, according to 62% of the US adults polled by the American Staffing Association in is Workforce Monitor report. Apprentices ships are where a person learns a new skill while working under another person.

In addition, the survey found that 68% say learning a specific trade is better for finding a job than a bachelor’s degree.

The ASA’s poll included 2,000 US adults and took place online.

Other findings:

  • 69% said degrees aren’t worth what they used to be.
  • 71% disagree that completing an apprenticeship will limit one’s future employment options.
  • 60% disagree that programs such as apprenticeships lead to lower-salary occupations than those occupations requiring a college degree.
  • 94% say apprenticeship are helpful in leading to a new career.
  • 87% said it is smart to consider both apprenticeships and college as options.

“Apprenticeships or earn and learn programs offer great value to job seekers because they get paid while learning a new vocation — available across a wide variety of occupations and industries,” ASA president and CEO Richard Wahlquist said. “US businesses need to act now to launch work-based learning programs to address the widening skills gap and help attract and hire the best candidates in this tight labor market.”


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