International Skills Conference Promotes Apprenticeships
Apprenticeships provide alternative to skyrocketing college tuition rates
Atlanta, GA. August 14, 2019 — The German American Chamber of Commerce of the Southern U.S. gathers business and government leaders together to discuss the unique challenges and rewards of apprenticeship programs on September 25th, 2019, at the fourth annual International Skills Conference at the W Hotel Midtown.
More and more Americans gain their skills, knowledge, and qualifications on the job rather than through traditional academia. With an estimated 4.6 million job openings in the next decade, the need for a highly skilled, globally competitive workforce is one of the biggest challenges facing companies today. “The main goal of our conference is to address the shortage of skilled labor that exists in the United States,” says Stefanie Ziska, president and CEO of the GACC South. “Increasingly, more businesses are realizing that something different and new needs to be done in order to close the skills gap.”
In the time-tested system of German apprenticeships, private companies and publicly-funded vocational schools join together to provide robust training to young workers. Thanks to this unique method, Germany enjoys low unemployment and high skill levels among workers without a university degree.
The GACC South brings this model of apprenticeships to the United States. Since 2016, the GACC South has had 24 certified trainers, 39 apprentices, and 12 companies involved in its programs. 95% of program graduates remain at the company that trains them. And, most importantly, students are paid during their training; they are never charged tuition.
The International Skills Conference is sponsored in part by Wunderbar Together, the Year of German American Friendship, and our Lanyard Sponsor, Hoffmann Group USA.
For more details, as well as registration for the event, click here.