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Why Apprenticeships?

A grant from the U.S. Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration has been awarded to Alamo Colleges District to enhance apprenticeship opportunities within the healthcare sector. These grants will further the Administration's efforts to expand apprenticeships. For Americans who want an alternative to the traditional bachelor's degree, apprenticeships are a way to learn valuable skills that lead to good-paying careers.



"Companies across the country tell me that their greatest challenge today is finding the skilled workers they need. This funding will bolster America's competitiveness by adding more skilled workers to fill millions of open jobs today and in the future".

-U.S. Secretary of Labor Eugene Scalia 







Employer Benefits and Information

Employing an apprentice can simultaneously enrich a company’s work culture while bolstering its bottom line. Apprenticeships bring the following benefits to employers:

  • Immediate access to new, skilled, motivated employees
  • Unique opportunity to shape and mold a model employee from the word “go”
  • Increased team loyalty and reduced turnover

Workforce Issues Solved by Apprenticeship

  • Consistent high turnover and difficulty finding employees for a specific position
  • Certificate Program graduates who do not sufficiently prepare workers to hit the ground running
  • Ability/desire for current staff to advance with training or certification they do not currently possess
  • New hires to this job can integrate more quickly by learning from experienced incumbents

Benefits of Apprenticeship for Employers

  • Customized training tailored to the specific needs of businesses
  • Increased knowledge transfer mentor and education courses
  • Enhanced employee retention: 91% of apprentices who complete an apprenticeship are still employed nine months later.
  • Safer workplace due to the program’s emphasis on safety
  • Stable and reliable pipeline of qualified workers
  • Systematic approach to training

How Can Apprenticeship Help Your Organization?

Healthcare employers realize a number of benefits from implementing apprenticeship programs. Through apprenticeship, you will:

  • Improve productivity, cost-effectiveness, and patient care
  • Create flexible, customized training options
  • Standardize training so all workers receive the same national, industry-endorsed training at all facilities
  • Diversify your workforce
  • Reduce turnover and liability costs

Important links 

ApprenticeshipUSA Healthcare Fact Sheet


Data Supports Apprenticeships *

150,000 +

businesses that have integrated the apprenticeship model into their talent development strategy


of these same businesses that would recommend an apprenticeship to others


of apprentices stay at their place of employment after their apprenticeship ends

Department of Labor – Employer Fact Sheet

Contact Information

Bertha L Vidales, Senior Advisor for Student Success


(210) 485-0533

Verne Futagawa, Grant Project Director


(210) 485-0763