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This Week in Corporate Learning: Apprenticeships and Continuing Education

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This week, we take a look at the growing interest in apprenticeship and continuing education programs.

Why do only a tiny fraction of jobseekers participate in registered apprenticeships?

24 of the fastest-growing occupations in the U.S. require more than a high school diploma, yet in a study of jobseekers who visit an American Job Center and take part in training, less than 1% enroll in apprenticeships. A recent report from Third Way explores what’s behind this trend, why it’s a problem, and what we can do to address it.

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'It’s not just for trades anymore': How apprenticeships have taken off in Iowa

Iowa is home to more than 700 apprenticeship programs and over 7,500 registered apprentices, with another 100 expected to be added to the state’s list. Many of the programs offered are in typical trades, but a rising number are in unexpected industries—information technology, financial services, and health care, to name a few. “There’s a changing attitude about apprenticeship programs,” said Jill Lippincott, project manager with the Iowa Economic Development Authority. “It’s not just for trades anymore. These programs offer a great wage, zero student loan debt, and a skill you can take anywhere. It’s a career pathway that works for business and talent.”

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Poll: Young adults favor experience over degrees for job prep

Although young adults in the U.S. continue to feel that pursuing higher education will help make the most of an evolving economy, they no longer regard traditional university or college degrees as the only pathway. 73% saw real-world, on-the-job experience as the best avenue to preparing them for future success in the workplace.

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Employers’ focus on continuous learning is driving LMS demand

The global corporate learning management system (LMS) market is growing, driven by organizations’ needs to deliver continuous learning experiences and rapidly upskill and reskill their workforces in the face of rapid change. The study also found that organizations are leveraging LMSs to take advantage of emerging trends like game-based strategies, self-led learning, and skills mapping.

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