Apprenticeship can be ticket to solid job

BY JILL LUTZ

Special to the Observer

 The White House has declared the week of Nov. 2 as National Apprenticeship Week. Across the United States, industry and education leaders will celebrate their apprenticeship success stories, plus advocate for a system that trains workers for skilled, well-paying jobs in a variety of industries.

We hear often about the “middle skills gap” in the workforce – those jobs that require more than a high school diploma but less than a four-year degree. This lack of skilled workers affects businesses in advanced manufacturing, IT, logistics, construction and in some financial service businesses.

It is estimated that more than 8,000 jobs in manufacturing are unfilled in just the Charlotte area. Many of these jobs pay family-sustaining wages and often have overtime options, where salaries can reach up to six figures.

Smart companies are investing in their talent pipelines – a broad, strategic system of ensuring skilled workers. At least 20 companies in the Charlotte area have invested in apprenticeships, a form of work-based learning, combined with community college courses. Read more…