You address the issue of alignment up front, which is what makes this a really great approach [to developing talent]."
CEO Maria Flynn discusses the merits of apprenticeships in this Fast Company article, sharing insights on multiple aspects of these programs.
On leadership buy-in: So leadership buy-in is essential to ensure that the skills and knowledge the apprenticeship develops are in alignment with both the current and future needs of the organization, Flynn says. “You address the issue of alignment up front, which is what makes this a really great approach [to developing talent],” she says.
On structure: But Flynn says a key part of what makes apprenticeships so successful over the long term is the combination of learning and doing.
On wage growth: Flynn adds that a big advantage of the apprenticeship model is that the individual can earn while working, which makes this an attractive option for those who can’t afford to go to school full-time or take unpaid internships.
On credentials and a career path: The goal of the apprenticeship program should be a certification or other form of recognized credential that gives the individual an advantage in the workplace, Flynn says.