Where Are All the Women Apprentices?
Caroline Preston, The Hechinger Report
Apprenticeships date to the Middle Ages, but modernized versions of the workforce training programs are spreading as a way to combine classroom and on-the-job instruction. In at least one respect, however, the programs still seem less-than-modern: gender and racial equity.
While many companies often point to diversity as a goal of these programs, the overall picture shows that women make up a small share of apprentices nationwide and that females and African Americans earn less than their peers.