Originally posted on the USDOL Official Blog page on May 10 and authored by ETA Deputy Assistant Secretary Eric Seleznow, the story of Kelli Gilliam, successful mother of four and the first woman to be general foreman for hull trades at Newport News Shipbuilding, is a great example of the opportunities Apprenticeship can provide. Read more on Kelli's journey here.
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.
The White House and the U.S. Department of Labor have jointly announced the launch of the ApprenticeshipUSA LEADERS initiative to encourage employers to join the effort to increase their talent pipelines and expand Apprenticeship in the U.S. Are you ready to become a LEADER today? Apprenticeship USA! Read more here.
For our Veteran readers, or readers that are in position to share with Veteran family and friends, we wanted to share this great article in GX Magazine, the official magazine of the National Guard, on the opportunities apprenticeship can offer Veterans to begin a great career following their military service. Includes great resources and info on how to connect to apprenticeship opportunities.
The Advisory Committee on Apprenticeship and the Office of Apprenticeship have recently issued a paper titled --"Recommendations to Encourage Registered Apprenticeship – Community-Based Organization Partnerships" -- focusing on the importance of increasing connections among the Registered Apprenticeship system and Community-Based organizations (CBOs). The “white paper” aims to help address the need of American industry for a highly skilled workforce, and offer recommendations for providing often under-represented populations a viable pathway to the middle class.
During the Summer of 2012, the Secretary of Labor challenged the Advisory Committee on Apprenticeship (ACA) to develop recommendations that leverage the Registered Apprenticeship model and its system of over 250,000 employers, joint labor-management organizations, and industry and educational partners to help ensure America stays competitive in today's global economy. Through months of hard work, the ACA developed the "Shared Vision for Increasing Opportunity, Innovation, and Competitiveness for American Workers and Employers: A Report from the Secretary of Labor’s Advisory Committee on Apprenticeship.” This report reflects their recommendations for advancing Registered Apprenticeship into the 21st Century. We thank the ACA for the hard work and dedication they put into producing these recommendations. Read more on the report and download it in full 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.
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 American Culinary Federation Education Foundation’s (ACFEF) apprenticeship program began in 2010 in an effort to raise the level of foodservice training opportunities available to U.S. soldiers. The program now has more than 500 soldiers currently enrolled in the program and operates in five pilot installations.
Individuals who complete a Registered Apprenticeship program will earn substantially higher wages over their lifetime according to a study released today by the U.S. Department of Labor.
On October 22, 205, the Office of Apprenticeship held the AMERICAN APPRENTICESHIP INITIATIVE NEW GRANTEE ORIENTATION to welcome the new grantees and provide an introduction to the ETA grants team, review the Grant Management Plan, and begin discussions on the grant-related Reporting Requirements. We’ve uploaded the Webinar slides and provided a link to the Webinar recording. Learn More Here
Secretary of Labor Tom Perez highlights President Obama's historic announcement of $175 million in grants to expand the number of apprenticeships across the nation through public-private partnerships. This funding marks the largest-ever federal investment in the "earn and learn" model!
LIUNA Local 300 apprentice LeDaya Epps was First Lady Michelle Obama’s guest at last month’s State of the Union, thanks to having met Secretary of Labor Perez at a light rail project in Los Angeles this past summer.
Philadelphia Inquirer coverage of the American Apprenticeship Grants announcement. After making the announcement, Secretary of Labor Tom Perez stated, ""Apprenticeship is not only your ticket to the middle class," Perez said. "It's the other college." Read the full article by clicking the "View Page Now" button to the right.
Coerage of the American Apprenticeship Grants announcement and the strong support Secretary of Labor Tom Perez has for the use of Apprenticeship to help U.S. workers prepare for rewarding careers.
A great opinion piece from Stephen Kleinsmith, Superintendent of public schools in Nixa, MO touts Apprenticeship as a win-win and lays out steps the U.S. could take to increase their use among today's employers. A great read and further proof that apprenticeship working together with education creates a great opportunity to increase access to viable career paths for U.S. workers. Click the View Page Now button to the right to read the full article.
A great resource for RA stakeholders and partners to learn more about the benefits of Registered Apprenticeship and the advantages of the workforce and apprenticeship systems working together. Developed in November of 2014 this resource also identifies the flexibility WIOA creates to increase and expand workforce system-apprenticeship partnerships.
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 Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) was granted $5 million in National Emergency Grant (NEG) funding from the U.S. Department of Labor to train workers facing long-term unemployment. Through the funding eight workforce development boards will implement or expand on-the-job training, registered apprenticeships and existing partnerships with employers in high-growth fields to train workers in bioscience, defense, nanotechnology, manufacturing and renewable energy industry jobs. Click the View Page Now button to the right to read the full article.
Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear last week expressed support for the recently announced Federal funding to support training and apprenticeship programs. Speaking of the recently announced Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training initiative (TAACCCT) initiative, the Governor stated, "Partnering with industry, community colleges, unions and training organizations will give this initiative the infrastructure necessary to guarantee that both workers and businesses get the training and support they need for mutual success." Read the full article here by clicking "download page now" to the right.