Women Only Pre-Apprenticeship Programs: Meeting Skills Needs and Creating Pathways to Good Jobs for Women

Ariane Hegewisch, M.Phil., Julie Anderson, M.A.

October 15, 2018
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The average salary for someone who completed an apprenticeship is $60,000 per year. The average salary of an electrician (the most common apprenticeship) on completion of an apprenticeship is $23 per hour; for a 40-hour week this translates to $920, substantially higher than the median weekly earnings for a worker with an Associate degree (of $836 in 2017). Registered apprentices in the trades receive an average hourly starting wage of close to $17 per hour plus benefits, and can expect regular pay increases as they progress through their apprenticeship.4 The construction industry is reporting great difficulties in finding skilled workers.5 Such difficulties will likely grow further in the coming years as the industry has to recruit and train a new generation of workers to replace retiring workers.6 Greater gender and racial/ethnic diversity will be essential if the industry is to meet its skills needs.

>>Read more at the  National Center for Women’s Equity in Apprenticeship and Employment