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Katie Coffin
Programs Assistant at Indiana Chamber of Commerce

Story from the Center for American Progress 

There’s more cultural takeaways from Scotland than bagpipes and kilts. An effort is underway to dramatically increase apprenticeships in the northern European country.

As U.S. policymakers set out to double the number of apprenticeships in America over the next five years, Scotland serves as an example of a country that has done just that. 

As detailed in a recent Center for American Progress report, “Training for Success: A Policy to Expand Apprenticeships in the United States,” apprenticeships help businesses meet the demand for skilled workers while offering workers higher wages and better employment outcomes. In particular, apprenticeships can benefit Millennials, who face disproportionately high unemployment rates, low-wage jobs, rising college costs and spiraling student debt. 

These were some of the considerations that Scottish lawmakers took into account when they set out in 2008 and 2009 to expand the Modern Apprenticeship programme initially developed in the 1990s. They set a goal of 25,000 new apprentices annually starting in 2011, expanded the types of apprenticeships available, launched a nationwide marketing campaign, created new financial incentives and introduced new government apprenticeships. 

As a result, Scotland has more than doubled its number of apprenticeship starts, while also increasing the gender and occupational diversity of apprenticeship opportunities. In fact, Scotland’s apprenticeship program now dwarfs that of the United States, with more than nine times as many people per capita starting apprenticeship programs in Scotland than in the United States. 

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