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On May 3rd, the Washington Post published an Op-Ed piece highlighting the important role Registered Apprenticeship could play in helping the U.S. address the growing skills gap many employers face.  The article was jointly written by former chief White House domestic policy adviser to President Jimmy Carter and Undersecretary of Commerce for International Trade Stuart E. Eizenstat, and American University economics professor and Urban Institute fellow Robert I Lerman.  According to Lerman and Eizenstat, a survey of employers (released last year) estimates that nearly 600,000 jobs go unfilled each year because of a lack of skilled labor.  A 21st Century Registered Apprenticeship system, similar to systems used in Germany and Switzerland, could have a huge impact in addressing the skills gap many employers find when looking for qualified employees.  Read the article below, and feel free to give your thoughts in the comments section.  Is Apprenticeship under-used in the U.S.? How can we work to encourage more investment in Apprenticeship?

Washington Post Op-Ed: Apprenticeships could help U.S. workers gain a competitive edge