But there are barriers to entry, said Cheryl Feldman, executive director of the Training and Upgrading Fund: the burden of poverty. “People who are in low-wage jobs, they can’t just stop working,” she said. “They have to work, go to school, and take care of their families.” It would help, she said, if there were tax credits or other kinds of incentives for employers to invest in running apprenticeship programs.

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