A Commerce Department study finds that European companies with operations in the United States are running some of the nation’s most innovative apprenticeship programs. Examples:
German industrial company Siemens has a strong U.S. presence, and started its first apprenticeship program in 2011. The company now trains new workers at plants in North Carolina, South Carolina and Texas.
Swiss food and beverage company Nestle just announced a partnership with the Maine Department of Labor to place 10% of mechanic hires in state apprenticeship roles by 2022.
Another Swiss company, Zurich Insurance, has also recently launched a U.S. program that aims to have 100 apprentices by 2020.