Apprenticeship programs help students find rewarding and successful positions while producing well-trained and skilled employees for specific industries. Both parties win, and because of that, the local and national economy are also strengthened by apprenticeship programs.
The benefits of these programs to the apprentice are many. On a practical level, an apprenticeship usually provides a paycheck; apprentices are paid as they train for their new career on the job and in the classroom. In addition, apprentices are guaranteed to have the skills they need to be successful in their jobs, as the employer has determined what skills are learned. Many apprenticeships ultimately end in a degree and/or certification that can translate into many different career paths. Most importantly, students move directly from the apprenticeship into a career with upward possibilities.
For the employer, there are a number of advantages to hiring apprentices and otherwise participating in apprenticeship programs. These programs often attract employees who are looking for more than a job - they are seeking a career - applicants tend to be more dedicated and with slower turn-around rates. Also, workers are trained to the expectation of their direct supervisors, ensuring they have the right skills and correct procedural training on special equipment and tasks. Employers are also able to control the number of apprentices they train according to their own needs, and change those numbers are needs vary. Apprenticeships build bonds with the community and colleges that make up the workforce for a business. On-the-job training helps to develop the practical problem-solving skills of employees and other "soft skills" including communication, team work, and time management. Since employers are able to emphasize safety instruction, and tailor training to the exact environment of the employee, companies often see a reduction in accidents and workers' compensation costs.