According to U.S. Department of Labor data, registered national apprenticeships have increased by 64% since 2012, with over 241,000 new apprentices entering the system in 2021 and 593,000 actively engaged in programs. While those numbers appear respectable, they represent only a drop in the bucket of nationwide employees. Stigmas persist against hiring candidates who lack college degrees, along with misunderstandings about the potential scope for more industries.
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