Could apprenticeships be part of the answer to the infamous U.S. skills gap? They would certainly be a useful alternative to college for some Americans graduating heavily in debt and into an economy for which they are unprepared. On June 15, President Trump, who sees hands-on career training as a solution, signed an executive order to spur apprenticeships. But we can’t all be the apprentice. There are only 505,000 apprentices in the U.S. today. The total grows by an average of 43,000 a year since 2013, a rate far short of what would be needed to reach 5 million by 2022.