From the Hechinger Report: New study from Harvard Business School says apprenticeships could provide a path to the middle class for millions of workers

news | November 30th, 2017

With her plea earlier this month for more investment in apprenticeships, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos joined a long list of policy makers, including former President Obama, who’ve embraced the workforce training programs as a way to prepare people for tomorrow’s careers.

But can these programs – long limited to trades such as carpentry, plumbing and masonry  – realistically serve as pathways to middle-class jobs for all but a sliver of Americans? A new analysis from Harvard Business School’s Project on Managing the Future of work and Burning Glass Technologies, a software company that studies labor-market data, suggests the answer may be yes.

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