Business-Education Partnership

Developing an Apprenticeship Program

Historically, an apprentice was someone who assisted a master craftsman and learned his trade by helping and observing. In modern times, this has expanded to include anyone that engages in on-the-job and classroom training to learn a skill or craft. This is usually a formal program that is established by an educational institution or government agency, but can also be an informal program that you organize in your own small business. An apprentice is normally paid a fair wage commensurate with their education and experience.

Employer Guide to Adult Education for Work: Transforming Adult Education to Build a Skilled Workforce

This guide provides employers with a vision for new, more effective adult education programs, including the key elements to include in order to ensure greater student success, an understanding of the role employers can play in building such a system, best-in-class examples of employer involvement in Adult Education for Work programming, and tools employers can use to assess their training needs and the quality of existing programs and to access training resources. Employers can use these tools as a guide to advocate for programs that better meet their needs.

Learn from the 11 Best U.S. Companies for Students to Get Summer Internships

College students across the country are getting ready to battle it out over summer internship positions, but which companies offer the best program?

Traditionally, Wall Street offered the most coveted spots, where bright-eyed, fresh-faced newbies started and ended their days to the sounds of the opening and closing bells. These days, students are heading to the West Coast to munch on free food, play foosball and get on-site laundry service, all while getting work experience at some of the world's top technology companies.

Job Apprenticeship Programs Blossom; Nearly 9 Out Of 10 Trainees Get Hired

More Michigan employers and educators are using apprenticeships to train job seekers for new careers, a trend that could continue as federal and state governments focus on the programs.

There are about 9,100 apprentices in registered apprenticeship programs in Michigan, up from 7,500 in February 2013.

"This is something that we've really focused a lot of attention on in the last couple of years," said Christine Quinn, director of the Michigan Workforce Development Agency. "Apprenticeships seem to be coming back in full force."

Informational Interviewing: 10 Tips to Prepare

Informational interviewing is a largely overlooked process, because it is misunderstood. In an informational interview, you are seeking leads and information regarding an industry, a career path or an employer by talking to people you know or who have been referred to you. But before you run out and begin informational interviewing, you have to do your homework.

Follow these 10 tips to prepare: 

Educating the Workforce of the Future

In “What Is Business’s Social Compact?” (January–February 1994), Bernard Avishai examines the nature of business’s social responsibility in a competitive environment that has superseded Adam Smith’s division of labor. The nature of work has undergone, and continues to undergo, a fundamental transformation. Today’s managers feel that a once clear separation between public and private sectors has broken down. More specifically, they are spending heavily on education and training and wondering if doing so is their responsibility.

Difference between a Co-op and Internship

It’s not enough to go to college and get good grades. Many employers expect students to graduate with relevant work experience.

"For entry-level positions postgraduation, employers are really looking for a year’s worth of full-time experience going into that first position," says Heather Maietta, associate vice president of career and corporate engagement and director of the O’Brien Center for Student Success at Merrimack College in Massachusetts. That can equal out to about 1,000 hours throughout a student's undergraduate career, she says.