Old Idea, New Economy: Rediscovering Apprenticeships (Fall Education Documentaries)

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Sheniah Everson is part of a youth apprenticeship program.
Sheniah Everson, 17, is part of a youth apprenticeship program in Charleston, South Carolina, that’s giving her a jump on her nursing career.

Apprenticeships are having a moment. Supporters on both the right and the left say the “earn while you learn” approach can help create a more skilled workforce, provide a path to solid, middle-class careers, and serve as a needed corrective to the “college for all” push that has left some students with piles of debt and no obvious career. We ask: How can apprenticeships expand to include careers beyond the traditional trades and reach new populations searching for a foothold in the middle class?