Room to Grow: Identifying New Frontiers in Apprenticeship

Apprenticeships are one of the few bipartisan ideas in the realm of workforce development, promising an alternative way of training skilled workers without requiring higher education. Instead of accumulating debt, students get to “earn while they learn.” President Obama offered tens of millions of dollars in grants to expand innovative apprenticeship programs, and President Trump recently issued an executive order making it easier for […]


Everyone Agrees on the Value of Apprenticeships

Lately, everyone is talking about apprenticeships as a solution to some paradoxes in work-force training. More jobs — many of them better-paying — require higher levels of education these days, yet college degrees have become more expensive, and graduates aren’t necessarily leaving college with the skills that employers want. Apprenticeships are seen as the escape […]


Expanding Apprenticeships Across More Jobs

Researchers from Harvard Business School’s Managing the Future Work Project and Burning Glass Technologies, a labor market analytics company, found that the number of occupations that commonly use apprenticeships could be expanded — from 27 to 74. That increase alone would open up to 3.3 million job opportunities that could be filled by apprentices, according to […]


Shout Out: Justin Chon, Aon Apprentice at Harper College

Trying to gain work experience while studying business, Harper College student Justin Chon recently began working with global professional services firm Aon, as part of the college’s apprenticeship program. Based in the company’s Lincolnshire office, Chon started his apprenticeship in January, assisting the firm with providing a variety of risk, retirement and health services for […]


Go off the Beaten Path to Curb College Debt

“Here’s how to get valuable career training without the university price tag. Get paid to learn with an apprenticeship It may sound far-fetched that you can make money for learning instead of having to pay for it, but it’s possible through registered apprenticeships. These programs, administered federally or by states, offer training in the classroom […]


Apprenticeship Programs Enjoy New Life as a Workplace Solution

Rebecca Lake, dean of workforce and economic development at Harper College in Palatine, hopes to drum up more employer interest in new apprenticeship curricula she is developing in nontraditional sectors to address specific skill shortages. Harper was awarded a $2.5 million federal grant in 2015 to sponsor registered apprenticeships and has launched six programs, including […]


National Apprenticeship Week November 13-19, 2017

DOL’s Office of Apprenticeship is excited to share that Secretary Acosta has officially announced the 3rd Annual National Apprenticeship Week as November 13th – 19th! As you know, National Apprenticeship Week (NAW) is a National Celebration that offers leaders in business, labor, education, and other critical partners a chance to express their support for Apprenticeship. […]


Apprenticeships Are Coming to White-Collar Office Work

“Like a small but growing number of companies, Accenture is launching a program that’s long been associated in the U.S. with skilled trades or manufacturing rather than white-collar careers. Aon, JPMorgan Chase, Amazon and the Hartford are also among the businesses that have begun apprenticeships, combining instruction time with paid on-the-job experience for workers who […]


Gov. Rauner Calls Manufacturers “Backbone of Illinois Prosperity”

Gov. Bruce Rauner received a warm reception by Elk Grove Village Mayor Craig Johnson when he stopped by the fifth annual “Made in Elk Grove Manufacturing & Technology Expo” on Tuesday, to thank manufacturers for producing goods here and creating local jobs, and to inspire them to keep at it. Read the story: Journal & […]


Editorial on Apprenticeships Features Interview with Dr. Rebecca Lake

An editorial in the Baltimore Sun features an interview with Dr. Rebecca Lake of Harper College’s Apprenticeship Program. “Last month, the consulting firm Education Strategy Group presented a 75-page report to the Montgomery County School Board. The report detailed how this 161,300-student school system, Maryland’s largest, needed to alter its overall strategy and career emphasis […]