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New Report Highlights Expanded Apprenticeships as Alternate Pathway to Work

Naples, FL – A new report released during National Apprenticeship Week by the Foundation for Government Accountability (FGA) emphasizes the powerful role apprenticeships can play in promoting work.

Costly licensing requirements have built barriers to work for thousands of young Americans looking for a job. Today, nearly one-third of all workers must obtain a license before moving into their career. Expanded apprenticeships, however, provide an alternative path to work by allowing for on-the-job training that leads to licensure and a life of success.

The report highlights the success of apprenticeships, finding that over 90 percent of those who complete an apprenticeship find work once their program ends. Apprenticeships break down barriers to work, increase incomes, and can reduce dependency by allowing low-income adults to earn a living and satisfy education and training requirements—all while receiving on-the-job training.

“Apprenticeships provide a powerful alternative to costly schools, exams, and a loss of income,” said Jared Meyer, senior fellow at FGA. “Policymakers should recognize more apprenticeships as a pathway to licensure—thereby helping more young adults to enter the workforce and avoid government dependency.”

You can read the full report here.


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