Workforce Development

Models of Upskilling: Apprenticeship

June 1, 2017  • UpSkill America & Jaime S. Fall

Apprenticeship programs blend classroom instruction with on-the-job learning so participants can earn income while receiving the training and education needed for a specific occupation. Over the course of the program, the skills and earnings of the apprentice grow until graduation and full employment in the chosen occupation. Though registered apprenticeship programs were historically associated primarily with skilled trades, they are now being implemented in a variety of fields, from health care and information technology (IT) to manufacturing and insurance. According to the US Department of Labor, in 2016 over 500,000 apprentices participated in one of the 21,000 Registered Apprenticeship programs across the country. [i] The following are a few examples:

Hilton Worldwide Apprenticeship Academy

The Hilton Apprenticeship Academy allows participants to learn the art of hospitality through hands-on exposure to a range of industry disciplines. Hilton apprentices must complete a six-week rotation through all hotel departments — including security, food and beverage, engineering, accounting, human resources, and front office. Once they complete the rotation, apprentices choose a specific department to focus on for an additional 16 weeks. Upon the conclusion of those 16 weeks, apprentices then must complete a final project that includes a presentation to Hilton’s executive committee.

Kroger Manufacturing Apprenticeship Program

Kroger Manufacturing is expanding its registered apprenticeship program due to evidence it helps build a deep bench of skilled associates and assists with recruiting, developing, and retaining top talent. The program also allows Kroger Manufacturing to establish partnerships and relationships in local communities to help hire high-potential candidates, especially among the younger generation just entering the workforce.

The Hartford National Apprenticeship Program

The Hartford National Apprenticeship program is expanding to the insurance industry. Hartford designed its program to assist with its efforts to recruit skilled and capable entry-level talent, increase entry-level employee retention, decrease initial learning costs, and increase the diversity of its candidate pool.

There are apprenticeships in over 1,000 occupations. [ii] The US Department of Labor has developed a Registered Apprenticeship Toolkit to provide companies with helpful steps and resources to start and register an apprenticeship program.

 


 

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[i] “Registered Apprenticeship National Results,” US Department of Labor, Office of Apprenticeship (2016).

[ii] “A Fact Sheet for Human Resource Officers and Training Specialists,” US Department of Labor, Office of Apprenticeship (2016).