Apprenticeships: Bridging the Gap Between the Old and New Economy

Posted on February 24, 2021 by Ilana Novick

For non-profits and social service organizations working in the career training and workforce development space, offering apprenticeship programs is a great way to ensure that entry-level workers and career changers alike can overcome the pressing challenges of today’s economy.

What do the fledgling designers and software engineers at Nava PBC, and aspiring electricians at Georgia Power have in common with aspiring stonemasons and blacksmiths from the 1500s? They’ve all built their careers through apprenticeships. 

Today’s apprenticeships are a modern update of an ancient training practice developed back when the printing press was the closest thing we had to Twitter. It’s an “earn while you learn” model that combines paid on the job training with classroom learning to equip workers with the skills necessary to succeed in their fields. It also provides companies with a pipeline of diverse talent to fill their hiring needs. 

As Real Clear Policy reported in 2019, “A whopping 94 percent of workers who complete apprenticeship training stay with their employers, reducing employee churn and creating a more stable and productive workforce.” 

Apprenticeships have been popular in the construction trades for years, but are now emerging in a variety of additional fields, including healthcare, finance, and information technology. Some apprentices are recruited directly through a company, organization, or trade association. Others are connected through college career services, non-profit organizations, or government agencies that pair apprenticeship candidates with potential opportunities. 

The reality is that running these programs involves multiple logistical, organizational and programmatic challenges and it’s a lot to juggle. Integration and collaboration are the new watchwords in data management.

That’s where Casebook comes in. Instead of multiple shared drives, file cabinets, spreadsheets, random post-its, or toggling between different software programs that don’t meet all of your needs, Casebook’s web-based software keeps all critical case management information in one place. All of your data remains organized, accessible, and secure during all phases of the process: from application to placement, initial training, progress reports, and any post-apprenticeship follow-up, and beyond. With Casebook’s cb Intake, it is easy to start the enrollment of a new apprentice as they express interest in a program.  Once accepted, simply create a new case in cb Engage where all notes, documentation and records can be linked to the trainee. 

In addition to simplifying individual case management, Casebook’s Person Profile also tracks relationships, ensuring organizations can easily coordinate with current apprentices, employers, and mentors and stay on top of leads for new ones. Need to track any apprenticeship-related certifications and licenses? Casebook’s cb Admin can help with that too by allowing the creation of forms, including signature capture, Minimizing paperwork and maximizing efficiency.

Casebook is available wherever the internet is: on computers, tablets, even your mobile phone. If you’re in the office, in the field, or increasingly in this current environment, working remotely, Casebook provides access to all of your critical information. 

Whether you’re a team of three or a statewide agency with thousands of employees, Casebook’s flexibility and customization enables you to successfully meet your individual organization’s needs, so you can focus on your top priority: providing pathways to career success.