CFGI quoted – “Apprentices Value Hands-On Work-Based Learning”


“Selena Elekovic, a high school senior in Colorado, assembles machinery at Mikron Technology Inc., where she also sets up the machinery's alignment and timing for the Swiss manufacturer's facility in Denver.

“Elekovic is in the first year of a four-year apprenticeship program to become a mechanical engineer. She splits her time between school…and Mikron, where she works 12 hours every week.

“…Elekovic's family moved to the U.S. from Serbia two years ago. She sees the apprenticeship as her pathway to fulfilling her childhood dream of becoming a mechanical engineer and ‘seeing machines come to life.’

“Hands-on applied learning through the "earn while you learn" apprenticeship model is a great way to provide teens and young adults early work experience and allows employers to train workers in the skills their organizations seek… 

“…In the U.S., apprenticeships are thought to be limited to the building trades or are seen as an alternative for students who don't go to college. However, the Obama administration has focused a lot of attention and millions of dollars in grants to encourage apprenticeships across industries as a way to fill the work skills gap that U.S. employers face. 

“…Lynn Shotwell, executive director of the Council for Global Immigration, an affiliate of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), also attended the event.

“‘Employers and governments around the globe are looking for ways to give young people and the unemployed the skills needed in today's workplaces,’ and SHRM is happy to share these ideas with the HR community, she said.” 

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