Apprenticeship Programs for the Future of Work

Policy or Initiative Description

Governments should increase funding for apprenticeship and training programs that teach skills relevant to emerging industries. Further, policymakers should explore the potential to incorporate new instructional technologies, such as e-learning and massive open online courses (MOOCs) that democratize and enrich vocational and technical education, into these programs. These programs can contribute to a sustainable workforce as technology and automation change the sets of skills demanded by employers.


Australia and the United Kingdom have begun financing digital apprenticeship programs to train students in sectors like big data and web development.


Braam, Irene, Anthony Silberfeld, and Emily Rodriguez. “The Future of Work: A Guide for Transatlantic Policymakers.” Bertelsmann Foundation and Information Technology & Innovation Foundation. January 2019.



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