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Title:Establishing modern apprenticeship in the U.S. through stackable credentials
Author(s):Voeller, Jooyoung
Vocational education
Skills development
Stackable credentials
Geographic Coverage:United States of America
Abstract:Recently, apprenticeships have re-emerged as a new approach to train young people for middle- and high-skilled jobs in the U.S. Often referred to as the “gold standard” of workforce education, apprenticeships have proven to be effective for helping young people make a smooth transition to full-time employment (Klor De Alva & Schneider, 2018). The purpose of this study is to examine the Swiss apprenticeship system and explore strategies for growing apprenticeships in the U.S through stackable credentials. In Switzerland, apprenticeships are an integral part of the overall education system. Two-thirds of Swiss students at the upper secondary level choose to start their careers as apprentices with the vocational education and training (VET) system and 40% of Swiss companies offer apprenticeships in over 230 occupations (Embassy of Switzerland in the United States of America, 2016). The first section of the study discusses what the Swiss apprenticeship model is -- the key features and challenges -- and how the country successfully modernized it. The second section looks into the history of apprenticeship in the U.S. and explores the possibility of promoting apprenticeships through stackable credentials.
Issue Date:2020-01-20
Publisher:Office of International Programs. College of Education. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Genre:Conference Paper / Presentation
Rights Information:Copyright 2020 Jooyoung Voeller
Date Available in IDEALS:2020-01-29

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