Why are apprenticeship programs attractive to employees? Why are they attractive to the company?
Apprenticeship programs are attractive to employees because they are able to obtain hands on training within their specific trade. It also gives them a chance to see if they actually like the field. For employers, it is cheap labor and a way to scan the trainees to know which individuals are “best fit” for the company. The employees then have the option to hire the trainees as full time employees after completion of the apprenticeship.
In the electrical trade, for example, a company will hire a helper who will learn through observation and supervision by the journeyman he/she is assigned to. When they send that same helper to school he/she will be making an extra effort to learn and (hopefully) learn fast. This makes them a more valuable employee to the company and in return they can earn higher wages.
Sooner than later,
The Tiny Professional