By Jared Meyer

The benefits of apprenticeships are clear—higher earning and new career paths for workers along with more skilled employees and lower rates of turnover for companies. So why do apprenticeships remain rare in America? For many people aspiring to work in licensed professions, apprenticeships aren’t an option to get the experience that they need. Rather, for licensed professions, mandated, standard, and expensive classroom time often is the only path to work. Thankfully, states realize the problem and are working to expand the on-the-job training model of apprenticeships as an alternative to occupational licensing. 

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