WINNING CONDITIONS FOR APPRENTICESHIP

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SECTION 5 PROFILING SUCCESS:
TRADE-RELATED EDUCATION


Looking specifically at the educational background of successful applicants, there are two competing narratives. As shown in Figure 9, the vast majority of successful applicants have attended college. And, as might be expected, educational experience clearly matters when ranking candidates in their preparedness (see Figure 10).

Figure 9: Educational Experience

Figure 10: Educational Experience by Applicant Designation

However, post-secondary education experience does not appear to play a role in matching the skills of the applicant with employers. As Figure 11 displays, those attaining post-secondary education are as likely as those without any post-secondary experience to find an apprenticeship that matches their skillset. Taken as a whole, this suggests that higher education plays a role in getting a foot in the door, but does not provide greater assurance of finding a placement in a relevant field.