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New Illinois Economic Policy Institute Study Finds Illinois’ Construction Apprenticeship Programs ‘Rival’ State Colleges and Universities ‘On Key Performance Metrics’

Published Friday, January 10, 2020
by Illinois Economic Policy Institute Director Frank Manzo IV
New Illinois Economic Policy Institute Study Finds Illinois’ Construction Apprenticeship Programs ‘Rival’ State Colleges and Universities ‘On Key Performance Metrics’

(LA GRANGE, ILLINOIS) - From the number of training hours and graduation rates to the diversity of classes and the lifetime earnings of graduates, Illinois’ Joint Labor-Management Construction Apprenticeship Programs are rivaling - and in some cases exceeding - the performance of the State’s Colleges and Universities, according to a new study from the Illinois Economic Policy Institute (ILEPI) and the Project for Middle Class Renewal (PMCR) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

“Every year, thousands of Illinois residents enroll in Apprenticeship Programs as a tuition-free alternative to college,” said Study Co-Author and ILEPI Policy Director Frank Manzo IV.  “Including up to six years of classroom instruction and on the job training, these programs play a vital role in producing Workers with in-demand skills for today’s economy, and give participants the extraordinary opportunity to earn while they learn.”

More than 85% of all Apprenticeship enrollment in Illinois is in the Construction Sector, making the industry’s Apprenticeship System one of the state’s largest privately-financed post-secondary institutions. 

Of those Apprentices, 97% are enrolled in programs administered jointly by Labor Unions and their Signatory Contractors (Joint Labor-Management Programs) and are fully funded by privately negotiated cents-per-hour contributions from employers. 

The industry also has “employer-only” programs that are administered by companies or trade associations.

Employer-only programs rely on voluntary contributions from contractors, who often have an incentive to forgo long-term workforce training investments in order to win project bids.

To Continue Reading This Labor News Story, Go To: https://illinoisupdate.com/2020/01/06/study-illinois-construction-apprenticeship-programs-rival-state-colleges-and-universities-on-key-performance-metrics/?fbclid=IwAR0xUF2cafcjlIT14Kns_A_a2JWXahBLrImedx3oYfm2_KQWvQlwMUca_y4

And Click On To This Link To Read the Study: “The Apprenticeship Alternative: Enrollment, Completion Rates, and Earnings in Registered Apprenticeship Programs in Illinois.”

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