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GIJOBS.COM | JANUARY 2019 | G.I. JOBS 17 Apprenticeships may be a solution to a big problem facing many employers in the U.S. today. According to the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), there were an estimated 6.3 million jobs unfilled in the U.S. in May 2018 due to a lack of skilled workers. In fact, 61 percent of employers were having trouble filling vacancies with skilled workers. To help fill the gap, the DOL is encouraging more employers to invest in apprenticeship programs. In August 2018, the department launched an Apprenticeship Finder Tool on a new digital platform, Apprenticeship.gov, which connects those seeking apprenticeships to employers and organizations that offer them. It's worth the effort for employers. International studies suggest that companies got back an average of $1.47 for every dollar they spent on apprenticeship learn a new career by actually doing the job. Many programs lead to nationally recognized credentials, and 91 percent of graduates are retained by their employer when they complete their apprenticeship. The average starting wage after completing an apprenticeship is $60,000. Most people think of jobs like Taylor's when they think of apprenticeships. While there are plenty of programs available in the skilled trades, apprenticeships span more than 1,000 occupations that include careers in health care, cybersecurity, financial services, telecom, transportation, advanced manufacturing and energy. Programs typically last from one to six years. instruction with indoor and outdoor hands-on training that simulates the conditions they will encounter on the job site. Local 3 apprentices typically get between 1,600 and 1,760 hours of on-the-job training each year with the union's contractors. "Through this experience I have been able to acquire many certifications such as two welding certs, scaffold certifications, foreman training, aerial lift certifications and many more at no cost to me," Taylor said. THE ADVANTAGES OF APPRENTICESHIPS Unlike students who pay a college or trade school to teach them a career, apprentices get paid to 91% $60,000 $300,000 Percent of apprentices who retain employment after an Apprenticeship. Average starting wage after completing an apprenticeship. Workers who complete apprenticeship programs earn an average of $300,000 more over their career compared to peers who don't. High-Growth Industries! Apprenticeships span more than 1,000 occupations, including careers in health care, cybersecurity, information technology and energy. Famous Apprentices • Elvis Presley • David Beckham • Benjamin Franklin apprenticeship stats SOURCE: U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR "We don't go to the office. We build it." - IRON WORKERS LOCAL UNION NO. 3 MOTTO • Leonardo de Vinci • Vincent Van Gough

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