The Fabricator: Survey says underused apprenticeship programs prove their worth amid COVID-19 skill shortages

Thomas has released the results of a survey canvassing 746 North American manufacturing and industrial suppliers to identify the major trends stemming from the global pandemic as the industrial sector pivots its supply chains and tactics to prepare for the new industrial landscape. A key survey finding shows the value of apprenticeship programs in combating the skills gap: 26% of companies surveyed have adopted such programs, and those that have were overall less impacted by the lack of available skilled labor.

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