For some industries around the world, there is so much rapid job growth and so many skilled positions up for grabs that businesses are having difficulties tracking down candidates capable of filling these open roles. However, that is quickly changing as a rising number of manufacturing companies are following Germany's lead concerning a new staffing trend.

The New York Times stated that for some time now, German firms requiring highly skilled labor have established apprenticeship programs in conjunction with universities. Companies unable to meet their workforce demands have found an ample supply of talent in educational institutions throughout the European nation.

University students are able to work as apprentices for major organizations, acquiring hands-on experience while still completing their coursework. At the same time, businesses have access to the manpower that they need, in addition to cultivating an entire pool of potential employees.

According to Business Insider, similar programs are now popping up across North America. Certain U.S. industries have identified the value in apprenticeships. Manufacturing organizations are now taking students under their wing and training them. As a result, apprentices are being immersed in a specific sector, earning money and fostering a number of skills that could serve as the groundwork for their professional careers. 

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