Apprenticeship Programs and Workforce Needs
The study examined the effectiveness of Connecticut apprenticeship programs in meeting workforce demand. The study analyzed the alignment of supply (i.e., apprenticeship program graduates obtaining a license) and demand (job openings by trade). The various types of apprenticeship programs offered was inventoried and described, including the programs’ entry and completion requirements.
In addition, the study updated certain information contained in the 2009 PRI committee study entitled Alignment of Postsecondary Education and Employment. Specifically, figures that provided a broad view of projected graduate supply and employer demand in certain selected occupations requiring a postsecondary education are updated to determine if changes in alignment have occurred.
The PRI committee approved the study scope on July 9, 2015. PRI staff presented an interim study update to the committee on October 1, 2015, which was followed by an informational public hearing. On December 16, 2015, after staff presented its findings and recommendations, the committee voted unanimously to approve the staff recommendations as its own. The final committee report is available under Products.
During the current legislative session (2016), PRI raised and recently reported out two bills based on this study’s recommendations: SB 169 (re: DOL apprenticeship website) and substitute SB 215 (apprenticeship expansion) to the Senate.