By Hank Jackson, SHRM President & CEO

Our country is facing a conundrum. Right now, 11.3 million people are in the market for a good job. Government and business are searching for ways to put Americans back to work while unemployment remains stubbornly high. And employers are desperately seeking individuals with the skills to fill nearly 4 million open jobs.

One short-term solution: Bring back apprenticeships in the U.S.

For centuries, apprenticeships have been a proven way to develop a skilled workforce and build a strong working class while generating broad prosperity. But in the U.S., the apprentice may be most widely known as a reality television show. The concept of apprenticeships was abandoned decades ago when the nation’s focus shifted to white-collar jobs and four-year college degrees.

Apprenticeships must have a place in today’s workforce.

Click HERE to read more about why I believe the U.S. apprenticeship is an idea whose time has come—again.