Can apprenticeships alleviate a regional skills gap? : a case study of programs at Trident Technical College in Charleston, SC
Author(s)Vice, Tia Marie.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Urban Studies and Planning.
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In attempts to address a skills gap, the state of South Carolina established Apprenticeship Carolina in 2007 which helps businesses create federally registered apprenticeships. Apprenticeship Carolina is a newer addition to the longstanding worker-training programs that make up the South Carolina Technical College System's Division of Economic Development. In the Charleston area, actors in the public and private sectors have partnered with the region's technical college (Trident Technical College or "Trident Tech") and leveraged Apprenticeship Carolina to create robust adult and youth apprenticeship programs in addition to leading other new workforce initiatives. At the same time, the local economy is growing and diversifying rapidly in the fields of advanced manufacturing, information technology, and other STEM-related sectors. This makes Trident Technical College's work in Charleston an attractive case study on apprenticeships as a means for addressing skills gaps. Since 2007, Trident Tech, businesses, and community partners have expanded the number of adult apprenticeships and created a regional youth apprenticeship program where both programs offer positions in career pathways in diverse sectors. This thesis examines what program administrators, community partners, and participating businesses ("sponsors") believe is working well and where there could be improvements.
This electronic version was submitted by the student author. The certified thesis is available in the Institute Archives and Special Collections.Thesis: M.C.P., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Department of Urban Studies and Planning, 2019Cataloged from PDF version of thesis.Includes bibliographical references (pages 74-78).
DepartmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Urban Studies and Planning
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Urban Studies and Planning.