A SHIFT IN THINKING

NOT YOUR GRANDFATHER'S APPRENTICESHIP

The Paradigm Shift: Bridging Education and Industry

CLOSING THE GAP

Today, the burden of educating the newest members of the workforce falls directly on our schools. But businesses are having difficulty finding employees with the appropriate competencies to effectively fill skilled positions. OPUVIA ACADEMY addresses the problem by helping businesses have a hand in shaping their young talent and providing the education system with an applied-learning environment for its students.

AN OPTIONS MULTIPLIER

For students, youth apprenticeship is an options multiplier. Apprenticeship can be a powerful enhancement to their education or a fast-track to a middle-class career, or both.
Apprenticeship is not a diversion from higher education—it’s a rigorous education option that combines theoretical learning with practical learning that focuses career and education objectives. It can also be a direct path to high-paying, in-demand jobs in Business Operations, Financial Services, Advanced Manufacturing, Information Technology and Healthcare.
Any student—regardless of future plans—can benefit from apprenticeship.
A student can start as an apprentice and end with a Ph.D., or apprenticeship can train a student to step directly into a bookkeeper position so they can go on to be a CFO. It’s a model of education that reveals multiple options to career and higher education.

LEARNING FROM THE SWISS & UK

OPUVIA ACADEMY looks to the Swiss and UK’s apprenticeship systems for inspiration and has borrowed elements of that model to adapt in Africa. In Switzerland and UK there are more than 1500 approved apprenticeship occupations, and 40 percent of all companies participate in the program.
In that environment, 70 percent of Swiss and UK students choose apprenticeships and 30 percent of them stay with their training company or return after college. In fact, many of the world’s largest companies are run by CEOs that started out as an apprentice. It’s that kind of endless possibility we’re building in Africa with OPUVIA ACADEMY—apprentices that start in high school and end with college or career success.

A mutually beneficial system — ‘‘Youth apprenticeship isn’t about corporate philanthropy—it’s about developing a talent pipeline’’

Engr. Effansa Simon B.

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