From The Evollution – Apprenticeship is not new. It is a proven earn-and-learn strategy, dating as far back as the Middle Ages, used to train highly skilled craftsmen. Traditionally the term refers to a program utilized by an employer combining on-the-job training with related classroom instruction preparing employees for jobs deemed most critical. While apprenticeship has always been linked to the trades, the model has evolved into a method to train the most highly skilled, knowledge-critical positions. Doctors, nurses and electricians are trained using this classroom and clinical model. Simulating the workplace is difficult and falls short of real-world experience that is requested by employers. Clinical or on-the-job training (OJT) is the most effective way to learn in real time using real equipment to address real situations.
Apprenticeship produces skilled professionals with real work experience, demonstrated competency, and work ethic—the model employee. This is every employer’s dream and a potential solution to workforce issues in Indiana and in the United States.