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New Tool to Help Firms Calculate Their Return on Investment in Apprenticeship

In honor of National Apprenticeship Week, and to help businesses understand the benefits from apprenticeship, the U.S. Department of Commerce is releasing a beta version of a return-on-investment (ROI) calculator. Apprenticeships allows workers to learn skills on-the-job while earning a paycheck and graduating with an industry-recognized credential, and often an academic degree or credits as well. Registered apprenticeships have an 80-year history in the United States, dating from the National Apprenticeship Act. Since then apprenticeships have been focused on preparing workers for critical construction jobs in our economy. As outlined in the Executive Order Expanding Apprenticeships in America, our country needs to apply lessons learned from that tradition to develop skilled workers for many other sectors where apprenticeship is well suited but only in its infancy.

The Opportunity Project and CISCO's DevNet Create Conference Attendees Harness Open Data to Create Public Solutions

Since data.gov launched in 2009, nearly 200,000 data sets have been posted for public use, including data on everything from public safety to affordable housing to weather. Access to that information is relevant to all of our daily lives, but for some people, it could be the key to keeping a roof over their heads or connecting them with the job they need to keep their family financially secure.

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