Why a Major Hotel Chain Is Offering Apprenticeships

For most Americans, the word "apprenticeship" summons images of a master carpenter or welder imparting his trade to a young hopeful. But the reality of apprenticeship is changing. As the service economy continues to grow and diversify, employers are scrambling for workers with just the right skills. More of them are seeing the value of the old-school apprenticeship, bringing it into fields where it never formally existed before.

Tanner Saur, 22, turned down jobs at three other global hotel chains to be in the first cohort of apprentices at Hilton Worldwide, in a program that begins this month.