How much is the U.S. investing in apprenticeship programs?

The infrastructure bill that recently passed in the Senate highlights a disturbing and long-neglected shortage in apprenticeship investments.
While the U.S. invests a lot of money in public higher education, investments in employment training are comparatively slim.
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Airlines now have enough passengers, not enough crew

Jul 16, 2021
"It went from a lack of demand from passengers to a lack of supply for pilots overnight, like a light switch," a pilot says.
A pilot walks through LaGuardia Airport in New York before the Fourth of July weekend. While Americans are traveling again, airlines are struggling to train and retrain staff.
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Are short-term job training programs worth it?

Jul 6, 2021
Boot camps and certificate programs have a mixed track record when it comes to getting people jobs that pay well.
Boot camps, certificates and other short-term programs have a mixed track record when it comes to getting people jobs that pay well, though they may be a solution for some looking to reenter the workforce.
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Hiring is one thing, but training workers is another challenge for companies

Jun 24, 2021
The struggle isn't over once companies get past the hiring hurdle.
After hiring large numbers of employees, companies face the additional challenge of training them and passing on institutional knowledge.
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Unemployed workers go back to school to get back to work

Feb 11, 2021
One in three unemployed workers has pursued more education or job training while out of work, the Pew Research Center says.
A woman covers her face, pausing while filling out a job application in San Francisco.
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How people without college degrees can find higher-paying jobs

Feb 4, 2021
Half of workers could earn more for similar work, says Philadelphia Fed President Patrick Harker.
There's a real "need to rescale and upskill people for the new economy that's going to be coming post-pandemic," says Philadelphia Fed President Patrick Harker.
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The homebuilding industry still needs thousands of workers, and it's looking in new places to hire

Sep 17, 2020
A training program for high school students in the juvenile justice system aims to expand the pool of candidates for entry-level jobs.
A construction worker roofing an apartment complex in Uniondale, New York. Construction, generally considered essential, has continued in the pandemic.
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Costly incentives secured Detroit a new auto plant. Will Detroiters get the jobs?

Sep 18, 2019
Detroit officials have been trying to prepare residents to get jobs at the new plant.
The Fist memorial, a sculpture by artist Robert Graham honoring heavyweight boxing champ, Joe Louis is seen near the General Motors world headquarters building, at Woodward and Jefferson Avenues March 30, 2009 in Detroit, Michigan.
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The Trump administration leans on companies to do a better job of training workers

Jul 19, 2018
Today, surrounded by executives from some of the country’s best-known companies, President Donald Trump signed an executive order creating the National Council for the American Worker, aimed at developing a stronger workforce. The strategy is heavy on pledges, committees and advisory boards. But who’s going to foot the bill? Click the audio player above to […]

Can refugees and former inmates help fill the labor gap in Arizona?

Dec 30, 2016
Home developers are having a hard time keeping up with demand, stalling housing market growth in the area.
Nasrullah Shinwari works with Austin Electric to add electrical wire to a five-bedroom house before drywall is added.
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