What is an Apprenticeship?

Registered apprenticeship programs are structured, occupational training programs that combine...

...On-The-Job training with related technical instruction (i.e., coursework) with targeted goal to increases skill level and ability to perform skilled job effectively and safely. Apprenticeships follow clear wage scales that progressively increase over time or upon skill acquisition.

GACC Pittsburgh Chapter administers four Registered Apprenticeships with unique value add of the German Dual Education Model and develops skills required by the Association of German Chambers of Industry and Commerce (DIHK).

Go to GACC Pittsburgh Chapter Registered Apprenticeships

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Industry 4.0 Job Skills for Everyone

The manufacturing industry in particular is currently facing challenges such as:

  • The loss of skilled workers due to retirements (baby boomer generation).

  • Structural problems in the education system (student debt, low attractiveness of careers in manufacturing).

  • A high degree of flexibility in the US labor market. This contributes to the fact that the duration of employment of trained specialists in companies is much shorter compared to Germany: employees in the USA are much quicker prepared to change jobs.