Apprenticeship programs an effective ‘old and new’ option

Tuesday, May 25, 2021

Greater OKC Chamber member Dell Technologies in Oklahoma City focuses on bringing the best talent possible to provide technology support and solutions for clients around the globe. One source of that talent? The Dell Scholar Apprentice Program.

If you haven’t thought of apprenticeships as a workforce development tool, you’re not alone. Although the U.S. Department of Labor reported 585,000 apprentices in more than 23,000 registered apprenticeship programs in FY 2018, that figure represents about 0.38% of the 155.76 million people employed that year. Along with other tools and programs, apprenticeships can be a way to help fill future workforce pipelines for the higher-than-average employment growth common to many industries where apprenticeships are common. But apprenticeships can be utilized in a much wider variety of industries than you might think.

Dell Technologies not only uses apprentices as potential future tech employees, but they also utilize their program as another way of connecting with the OKC community. In fact, their program grew out of an initial idea for mentorship program with Chamber member ASTEC Charter School.

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