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In South Carolina, Apprenticeships ‘Are Making A Comeback’ - There Are Now 37,282 Apprentices Across 2,668 Occupations In This Southern State

Published Thursday, December 23, 2021
by Jay King/UpstateBusinessJournal.com
In South Carolina, Apprenticeships ‘Are Making A Comeback’ - There Are Now 37,282 Apprentices Across 2,668 Occupations In This Southern State

(ACROSS THE STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA) - Alicia Hyder is a 2019 graduate of the BMW Scholars Apprenticeship Program and is now working full time at the BMW Manufacturing Company’s Greer Auto Plant.

While working at BMW she went on to obtain a Bachelor’s Degree in engineering technology management from USC Upstate.

Recruiting a Skilled Labor Force has always been a challenge for companies, but a proven method that goes back centuries is gaining renewed emphasis as the need for highly-trained Workers continues to grow.

Apprenticeships date back at least to the Middle Ages in Europe when professional guilds oversaw how skills like Blacksmithing and the Building Trades were taught to new generations.

According to educators and an increasing number of companies, that tradition is experiencing a rapid resurgence and is proving to be a highly-effective way for firms to secure a growing pool of skilled Workers.

According to Jennifer Moorefield, Associate Vice President for Economic Development and Corporate Training at Greenville Technical College, Apprenticeships are among the most effective methods for companies to develop a highly-skilled workforce in areas like advanced manufacturing.

The state’s technical and community colleges have decades of experience partnering with businesses to develop educational programs tailored to meet the training needs of industry, she says.

This is especially true in fields requiring a high degree of technical training for robotics and mechatronics, precision machine tooling, electronics engineering, and automotive technology, among others.

Apprenticeships geared to a company’s specific needs help ensure a supply of critical workers. 

“Sponsoring an Apprentice is a great way (for a company) to build the pipeline,” Moorefield says.

Here’s a look at South Carolina’s Apprenticeships by the numbers: 37,282 Apprentices across 2,668 occupations; 1,193 Registered Apprentice Programs and 278 Youth Apprentices Programs; 20 Pre-Apprentice Programs; and Participating programs at all 16 State Technical Colleges.

To Read This Apprenticeship And Training Labor News Story, Go To: https://upstatebusinessjournal.com/career-enhancement/thought-ancient-in-their-origins-apprenticeships-are-making-a-comeback/

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