Apprenticeship vs. college

Apprenticeships are hot, but not all lead to middle-class jobs. A elevator constructor mechanic starts at $67,565 in Florida, more than double the starting pay of the average graduate with a bachelor’s degree. But apprenticeships in culinary arts and early childhood education lead to low-paying jobs.

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  1. Traditionally, apprenticeship refers to a multi-year training program (often under joint labor/management auspices) in the building trades or other skilled trades. Apprentices are actual employees of the construction companies, undergoing a specified progression of skill instruction and practice, plus at the beginning especially some classroom instruction. For some trades, licensing is involved. Just calling a training program in early childhood or culinary arts an apprenticeship because it has an on-the-job training component, does not mean that the intensity of a real apprenticeship is involved.

  2. Additionally, many persons who might want to get into apprenticeships find they are unable to, due to weak academic skills (reading, writing, esp. math). This is true in many areas, not just industry, etc.