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April 17, 2018

The New Wave of the Apprenticeship, and Why You Need It

With today’s changing technologies, skill sets are vast and varying, so on-the-job training is more imperative than ever. Traditionally, apprenticeships have been seen in the construction, trade, and manufacturing industries. They were essential because jobs like plumbing, roofing, and carpentry require hands-on experience in order to really understand and learn the profession. But what about those in constantly evolving industries like design? DesignshipSM , a design apprenticeship created in conjunction with Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design (MIAD), adapted these core principles to offer focused, on-the-job training programming to those in the design field.

A recent report by Room to Grow: Identifying New Frontiers for Apprenticeships, examined required skills in postings for more than 23 million jobs in 2016. The study identified underlying skills that could be developed through apprenticeships. It was conducted by Joseph B. Fuller, co-director of the “Managing the Future of Work Project,” and Matthew Sigelman, CEO of analytics software company Burning Glass in Boston. It reveals the importance of companies to recognize the need to invest in continuing education of their employees. The report suggests that an apprenticeship approach is a way for organizations to ensure workers are trained to the employers’ specifications.

Designship was born from employers asking for an immersive on-the-job training program that aligns with both employers’ and employees’ needs. The program certifies job competencies and teaches key leadership skills such as communication, business acumen and working effectively in teams. Without a program like Designship, you may be faced with issues like lost revenue, overworked employees with heavier workloads, delayed delivery times to clients, high turnover, low morale, and declines in customer service. Now imagine a fresh perspective on your business: a qualified and loyal employee, and the confidence that your company values are being instilled from the beginning.

“By having the opportunity for the company to interact with that person and have them exposed to … your team, your colleagues … it allows [the organization] to make an informed hiring decision,” Fuller said. He goes on to say, “That’s really important because a tremendous percentage of failed hires are failing because of soft-skill deficiency.” Fuller was referring to issues such as a lack of communication, an inability to receive criticism, or an inability to work within a team. These, and other benefits, are what essentially makes an apprenticeship equally beneficial to companies and its employees.

There has never been a better time for a company to expand its toolkit and workforce with an apprenticeship program like Designship. If you feel your organization could benefit from a focused apprenticeship program, please contact our team to learn more about becoming a business partner (link to contact page).