Date of Award

2016

Document Type

Open Access Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy in Public Policy

Department

Muskie School of Public Service

First Advisor

Catherine Fallona

Keywords

career preparation, workforce improvement, non-traditional students, Maine

Abstract

A skills gap exists in Maine because of lack of diversity in educational opportunity offered to students. Preparation for college and career readiness has become conflated. High schools focus primarily on core academic knowledge, often forsaking the knowledge necessary to prepare for jobs that do not require college educations. College is not for everyone, and some students fail to graduate, leaving them without a credential, often in debt, and lacking any skills that would lead to meaningful employment.

In countries across the European Union, the United Kingdom, and Canada those issues are addressed through apprenticeship, and empirical research suggests that sponsoring apprenticeship is beneficial for the apprentices, their employers, and society at large.

Therefore, this research performs a pilot benefit-cost analysis study for sponsors of Registered Apprenticeship in Maine. To do so, a mixed methodology consisting of an intake interview, accounting framework, and exit interview was conducted with eight sponsors -- three trade unions and five businesses -- of Registered Apprenticeship across southern and central Maine.

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