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Policy

By Jackie Black

P O L I CY U P DAT E

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ick your cliché - unprecedented, extraordinary, or just plain
strange - 2020 has been a year like none before. These crises - from COVID-19 to social unrest - created the need
for radical and swift changes in our approach to the workforce.

During these uncertain times, creating an
apprenticeship program may not seem
like a workforce priority. Yet, tech apprenticeships are critical to economic recovery.
Now is the time to expand apprenticeship
programs to help the millions unemployed
during the coronavirus pandemic get back
to work faster. Maria Flynn, president and
CEO of Jobs for the Future, captured this
need well when she said, "the Americans
first to lose their jobs in a recession are
often the last hired in an upswing."
Apprenticeships can help us change
this "first out, last in" paradigm as our
economy and country begins to recover.
Jobs are available in the tech industry
but there is still a skills gap between those
positions and the skilled workforce.
Apprenticeships are a flexible model that
meets the workforce where they are in
their career journey to fill available jobs.
They create a pathway to serve the underrepresented and unemployed by providing
training for in-demand skills for workers
who need it most, all while earning a liveable wage. They provide opportunity and
access to those who are often overlooked
in the industry, including community college students, veterans, high school
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graduates, career re-inventors and other
under-represented communities. If anything, the pandemic reinforced the need
to find ways to offer opportunities to fill
high-demand, high-skilled positions.
To address the challenges of starting an
apprenticeship program, CTA interviewed
members of the CTA Apprenticeship
Coalition, each who are in a different stage
of their journey to create or run an apprenticeship program. Through these interviews and industry research, CTA and our
industry partner IBM created a playbook
to help build stakeholder awareness and
buy-in for apprenticeship programs.
The playbook covers how the pandemic has accelerated the future of work
to a highly digital world of remote work
and increased automation. Organizations
and employees are learning how to be
productive and effective remotely. How
we work, where we work, and our workforce is transforming. Each of these areas
must be considered for establishing and
running an apprenticeship program. The
playbook also covers specific use cases to
meet current business challenges:
● Facing Resource Constraints
● Fostering Diversity and Inclusion
● Rebalancing the Work
● Recruiting and Retention
Apprenticeships are key to preparing
employees for the exact needs of an organization and for new demands that will
emerge. They are also an important way to
advance a more inclusive workforce. The
future will demand more digital skills and
diverse perspectives - and apprenticeships are a proven way to meet this need.
Visit CTA.tech/apprenticeship.

APPRENTICESHIP
USE CASES
Resource Constraints
Businesses are resource
constrained in new ways and
now forced to make swift and radical
workforce planning decisions. The
positive return on investment (ROI) of
apprenticeships can help address some
resource constraint issues; and, federal,
state and local funding is available to
offset apprenticeship program costs,
training and wages. In 2019 alone, over
$300 million in new grants were awarded
for apprenticeships.
Diversity and Inclusion
Casting a wider net focusing
on under-represented groups
in technology will help drive innovation in
the workplace while creating a culture and
mindset shift to embrace the opportunity
and close the skill gaps. The apprentice
talent supply chain is rich with diverse
talent including high school and college
graduates, retail workers, service industry,
first responders, veterans and more.
Rebalancing the Work
Often, senior level talent is
required to perform low-level/
low-margin tasks. By creating a competency-based approach to define the skills
needed for each work process, organizations can better understand the work
and rebalance the workload leveraging
apprentices. As a result, senior talent can
focus on more strategic/high-value tasks,
leading to increased productivity, innovation, and employee engagement.
Recruiting and Retention
Several entry-level skilled engineering positions often go unfulfilled by university recruiting efforts as
graduates with advanced degrees seek
higher skilled roles. Opening the talent
pipeline to apprentices helps create a
robust pipeline of talent willing to seek out
new experiences to grow their skills.

2021

TO LEARN more about future of work
trends, including apprenticeships, join
us at CES 2021.

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