Apprenticeship is a remarkable structured training method, one that, for centuries, has been the method of choice of industries that demand highly skilled, competent and flexible workers. Apprenticeship offers just the right blend of "learning by doing" and theoretical instruction to produce workers who have just the right skills for each industry.
It is a system of training that meets the needs of a particular industry or specific occupation. The planned training involves a progression of tasks on the job under supervision, combined with classroom instruction which integrates the why and how of a job.
As technological innovation propels American industries toward the new frontiers of commerce that the 21st century promises to bring, success will hinge in large measure on the productivity, efficiency and skill of an industry's work force. Industries that hope to thrive in the new global economy should incorporate apprenticeship into their work force development strategy.
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