Why Apprenticeships

Apprenticeship programs are a proven solution for recruiting, training and retaining entry level employees – and they are expanding! In fact, the administration expects five million people will be trained through apprenticeships in 1,000 industries over the next five years. The new Landscape Management Apprenticeship Program allows the landscape profession to be more competitive with other industries that are also struggling for entry-level talent. As an apprenticed industry, the landscape profession is now considered a skilled-trade, which opens all kinds of doors with high school guidance counselors, veterans, and community workforce boards.

Apprenticeship Handbook

How will offering an apprenticeship program benefit my company?

Companies that offer apprenticeship programs have a competitive edge in hiring over those businesses that don’t. Who wouldn’t want to work for a company that pays for what is the equivalent of a college education and pays a salary to learn? In addition, to help in attracting employees, companies that offer apprenticeships will have a better trained and more loyal workforce.

Need more convincing? Consider these facts:

  • Each dollar a company spends on apprenticeship earns them a $1.50 ROI.
  • Veterans are encouraged to pursue careers in apprenticed industries after leaving active duty.
  • 97% of businesses with apprenticeships would recommend them to others.
  • 91% of individuals completing apprenticeships remain with their employer.
  • There is SIGNIFICANT federal and state money available for apprenticeship programs, including funds to help companies pay for apprenticeship training and even new equipment for the training. Additionally, many states offer tax credits to companies offering apprenticeships.

(Source: U.S. Department of Labor)

Why are apprenticeships gaining in popularity?

Apprenticeship is an industry-driven, high-quality career pathway where employers can develop and prepare their future workforce, and individuals can obtain paid work experience, classroom instruction, and a portable, nationally-recognized credential."

U.S. Department of Labor

Benefits for Business

  • Advantage in Attracting and Retaining Employees
  • Highly Skilled Employees
  • Reduced Turnover
  • Higher Productivity

Benefits for Workers

  • Increased Skills
  • Higher Wages
  • National Credential
  • Career Advancement

Where can I learn more about apprenticeship programs?
Visit the U.S. Department of Labor website for complete information about apprenticeships.