Long viewed as gateways into the workforce, apprenticeships are turning heads in a new way. A the 2016 Presidential cycle gears up, candidates such as Hillary Clinton, Senator Marco Rubio, Scott Walker, and Bernie Sanders are proposing job growth plans centered around apprenticeships that are employer-oriented. 

This is part of a nationwide trend with rising college costs, whereon average students who graduate from a four-year private college in 2014 left campus with $31,000 in debt with a starting salary of $45,000 a year. Whereas those at the Apprenticeship School in Norfolk, Va. come out nearly debt free and can make nearly $10,000 more at their first job.

Apprenticeships could offer the construction industry a valuable workforce where they can train new employees. It also offers individuals an opportunity to get into the middle class without a college degree. 

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