The growing number of apprenticeships in the US has more to do with European companies importing the practice into their American operations than with the long-running NBC television reality show and its former host who now lives in the White House.
Traditional apprenticeships are more than summer internships familiar to Americans, and involve a significant service period of a year or two, plus training, often for a community college degree. Apprenticeships come with plenty of corporate support, including mentor partnerships and placement across multiple company divisions.
And they always involve getting paid.
While companies such as Zurich Insurance Group, Accenture and Walgreens are ramping up their programs, apprenticeships are not totally new to the US
About 80 percent of registered American apprenticeships occur in skilled trades, such as plumbing, electrical work or metal work. Yet there are only about 500 000 of these apprenticeships, representing a tiny sliver of US workers.