New Report: Apprenticeships in the Tech Sector, Updating a Traditional Model for the 21st Century
With the Bay Area economy moving into recovery mode, the Bay Area Council Economic Institute is focused on analyzing the strategies that will provide both short-term employment relief and long-term economic transformation. This week, the Economic Institute released its newest report on apprenticeships in the technology sector. Apprenticeships are a key piece of the Bay Area Council’s Workforce of the Future strategy, as they can provide pathways into high-wage positions for populations that are underrepresented in tech. With every county in the region reporting an unemployment rate above 10%, apprenticeships for entry-level jobs across many sectors can provide for a more inclusive economic recovery. The report sets forth a set of recommendations to successfully scale apprenticeships in the region based on an examination of the operations, successes, and failures of tech companies in the Bay Area with existing apprenticeship programs. Special thanks to the James Irvine Foundation for its generous support of this important work.
The impact of apprenticeships was emphasized in a recent op-ed authored by Bay Area Council Policy Associate Leslie Alfaro in the Mercury News: Opinion: How expanding apprenticeships can fuel economic recovery>>