Throughout history, apprenticeships have been critical to the transfer of knowledge from generation to generation. In the United States, however, the apprenticeship model began to decline as the country became more and more industrialized.
Today, that’s changing.
Business Roundtable CEOs are committed to ensuring all students and workers are prepared to work and ready to succeed. As a result, America’s leading companies are increasingly turning to this time-tested model to recruit and train workers in their companies. As technological advancements continue to transform workforce needs, staying competitive in the job market increasingly requires more than a high school diploma.
Whether students pursue college degrees or other technical credentials, postsecondary education is a critical piece of our economic future, particularly within STEM fields. Business Roundtable supports federal legislation—such as the Carl D. Perkins Act, Higher Education Act and Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act—to fund programs that create more postsecondary education opportunities and improve educational outcomes.