Great new video issued by Chicago Women in Trades serves as a "Woman's Guide to Construction Careers". The video provides a great overview of the opportunities and support available for women to enter a lucrative career in the Skilled Trades. Learn more about the opportunities and watch the video here by clicking the "View Page Now" button to the right.
Great article from the Sacramento Bee on low income, hard-to-serve youth accessing career training through a partnership between Job Corps, the Operating Engineers Local 3 - Rancho Murieta, CA.-, and the Sacramento Kings that results in apprenticeship opportunities with the potential to change lives and provide a pathway to a good career.
A tremendous success story of an African American youth in post-Katrina New Orleans who made the most of a pre-apprenticeship and apprenticeship program to secure his future for his family.
“You want to understand me? You gotta watch my Pops tie rebar” That’s the message Bryce Harper leads with in a video being featured on the Building and Construction Trades’ Department (BCTD) the AFL-CIO. The short video ties Harper’s success to the work ethic and toughness displayed by his father as he worked as an iron worker for 25 years. The video pays tribute to the example his Dad set for him and the hard work and pride he was taught to put into everything. Watch the video here.
Pipe Fitters Local Union 597 apprenticeship program began in 1921. Today, Apprentices can enter a hybrid welding program that can lead to entry into journey-level courses. Learn more here.
On May 3rd, the Washington Post published an Op-Ed piece highlighting the importance Apprenticeship could play in helping the U.S. address the growing skills gap may employers face. Read more here.
From PBS NewsHour's “The Rundown” – A blog which features business and employment news and insight - Writer Paul Solman spoke with Economist, Urban Institute Fellow, and American University Professor Bob Lerman on Lerman’s belief that Apprenticeship is the answer to address the U.S. “Youth Unemployment Crisis”. It’s a great read!
The Sheet Metal Workers Local Union #1 and the Central Illinois’ Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors' National Association (SMACNA) have paired to offer apprenticeship opportunities to underrepresented populations through a Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee (JATC). Learn more about how the partnership is helping prepare the next generation of workers in the Sheet Metal industry through work with local colleges and the Tri-County Construction Labor Management Council.
The Western Oklahoma Electrical JATC (WOEJATC) is a joint effort between the IBEW LU 1141 and the Oklahoma Chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association, Inc. It's a model education partnership which produces many of the best-trained electrical apprentices and journeymen in the state. All of the $860,000 annually spent on the Registered Apprenticeship program is privately funded.
The United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipe Fitting Industry of the United States and Canada, widely known as the UA, was established on October 11, 1889. 120 years later, the UA is still going strong
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Institute for a Competitive Workforce (ICW) and the National Career Pathways Network (NCPN) have released a joint publication, Thriving in Challenging Times: Connecting Education to Economic Development Through Career Pathways. This resource highlights successful career pathway models that create relevant, challenging learning environments for students and are designed to increase American employers' access to highly-skilled, qualified workers. Thriving in Challenging Times profiles 17 local and two statewide career pathways programs in multiple industry sectors, documenting the challenges, strategies, results, and business engagement each partnership has experienced.
The Aspen Institute's Workforce Strategies Initiative recently conducted a nationwide census project aimed at pre-apprenticeship programs in the construction trades. Funded by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the survey explored the number, geographic location, and scope of construction pre-apprenticeship programs. The survey generated responses from 260 pre-apprenticeship program leaders from across the United States. The research paper describing the results of the survey covers topics such as program size, organizational types and affiliations, the range of services provided, the current challenges programs face and the demographic groups the programs serve. To build on this work, WSI has received a grant from the Annie E. Casey Foundation to interview a select group of leaders from some of the nation's most successful pre-apprenticeship programs. The results of these interviews will provide a more in-depth analysis of successful program models and promising practices in pre-apprenticeship programs. In conjunction with the results from the survey, the interview results ultimately will provide decision-makers and stakeholders with a picture of several different approaches to pre-apprenticeship programs and strategies across the U.S. To learn more about WSI's research on construction pre-apprenticeship programs, download the report.
The Center for American Progress (CAP) has issued a report profiling five innovative apprenticeship models currently in use to help train U.S. workers for careers and provide business and industry with a pipeline of skilled workers. Learn more and read the full "Innovations in Apprenticeship" report here on the 21st Century Apprenticeship Community of Practice. Click the Download Now button to the right to read the full report in PDF
A great article out of Idaho on apprentice Trevor Ostberg earning his Journeyman Lineman certification through a Fall River Electric Cooperative apprenticeship opportunity. His journey included training at Northwest Lineman College in Meridian, Idaho, and over 7,000 hours of line work. Another great example of Apprenticeship giving a young family man a path to a great career. Education and Training at its best. Click the 'View Page Now' button to the right to read more.
GateWay Community College Apprenticeship student Caleb Cate won the 2014 International Heat & Frost Insulators Master Apprentice Competition in Baltimore, Md. A 4th year apprentice & student with the Arizona Heat & Frost Insulators and Allied Workers Apprenticeship Programs, Cate competed in the International Heat & Frost Insulators Master Apprentice Competition, winning the title of “Master Apprentice” and received “The Cup” trophy at the competition. The annual event awards the individual who demonstrated the highest degree of training, skill and craftsmanship in North America. Click the VIEW PAGE NOW button to the right to read more.
The Wall Street Journal ran a great article on the opportunities available for workers pursuing technical or "practical" training, outside of the traditional 4 year college route. Apprenticeship is mentioned as the article covers the journey of several workers pursuing careers in varying industries. Welding, Franchise Management, and RN career paths are highlighted in this great look at the career opportunities available to U.S. workers willing to work hard and take advantage of training opportunities to gain the technical and practical skills so many employers today are looking for.
Booker and Scott are unveiling a proposal that would promote apprenticeships in highly-skilled trades, a move designed to help fill millions of technical jobs in the construction, manufacturing energy and telecommunications industries, while also creating jobs for younger Americans, especially minorities struggling to find work.
Companies in all sectors of the American economy are facing complex workforce challenges in increasingly competitive domestic and global markets. Registered Apprenticeship is your proven solution for recruiting, training, and retaining world-class talent.