This week in the Providence Journal, Building Futures Board Chair Gregory Mancini published an Op Ed celebrating Building Futures’ 10-year success as a pre-apprenticeship program in the building trades, Mancini outlines Building Futures history and how they secured the resources to establish Apprenticeship Rhode Island – a partnership with Rhode Island’s Department of Labor and Training to build the capacity of the apprenticeship system and help employers launch apprenticeships outside of the construction trades.
The rise in jobs that require higher education is real. But do all those jobs you post with “Bachelor’s degree required” really use that college education and hold the interest of a college graduate? For starters, Carnevale et al. at the Georgetown Center for Education and the Workforce found 44% of “college job openings” in Rhode Island are below the Bachelor’s level. Second, the apprenticeship model helps employers separate and unpack what employees need to get started from what education level they need to grow their career with the firm.