Restoring opportunity requires jobs that generate middle class incomes. Building a robust apprenticeship system can sharply increase earnings and the share of US workers entering rewarding careers. By emphasizing “learning by doing” as a paid employee, apprenticeships help workers gain a valued occupational qualification. They enhance youth development by providing a more engaging experience than schooling does and by linking young people to mentors. They encourage employers to upgrade jobs and develop job ladders. Apprenticeships currently represent too small a smaller share of the US workforce. Expanding apprenticeship is feasible and a highly cost-effective strategy for restoring opportunity.
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