The One-Year Anniversary of the signing of Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) is commemorated by Secretary of Labor Tom Perez and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan in this short video. Apprenticeship is highlighted as a key part of the expanded access American workers will have to enter training that leads to career pathways through WIOA.
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.
Advisory Committee on Apprenticeship member Charissa Raynor, Executive Director of the SEIU Healthcare NW Training Partnership and Health Benefits Trust & Johan E. Uvin, Acting Assistant Secretary of the Department of Education's Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education, joined to write a great blog on the critical need for U.S.workers to have "Earn and Learn" opportunities as they prepare for careers. Read the Blog here.
Great Article from the June 20 Chicago Tribune covering the American Apprenticeships Roundtable - Manufacturing, held in Chicago the same day. Read how the Manufacturing industry is driving the advancement of Registered Apprenticeship to address the need for qualified workers in growing sectors of the industry.
The White House has issued a blog highlighting Vice President Joe Biden's announcement of the launch of the Registered Apprenticeship-College Consortium (RACC), an effort to aid U.S. apprentices in earning college credit through training and classroom instruction completed as they progress through a Registered Apprenticeship program. Read the White House Blog here - written by Sean O'Brien, White House Director of Speechwriting for the Vice President.
President Obama discussed the need to prepare workers with job-ready skills during his January 28 State of the Union Address, and followed that by highlighting the need for more apprenticeships to accomplish that goal. Read more here.
Mike Donta, Deputy Commissioner with the Kentucky Labor Cabinet shared this article on Kentucky's Breckinridge County Area Technology Center, where students have the opportunity learn technical skills through the TRACK - Tech Ready Apprentices for Careers in Kentucky - program. Read More here.
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.
On June 5 and 6 the Secretary of Labor's Advisory Committee on Apprenticeship (ACA) met, along with leaders from throughout the Apprenticeship & Veterans assistance communities, to develop strategeis aimed at helping transitioning Vets gain access to well-paying long-term careers. Read 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.
Archived Recording of the April 11,2013 "Economic Benefits of Registered Apprenticeship for Apprentices and the Public Sector" Webinar. This Webinar provided an overview of the results of a recent Mathematica Policy Research study on the high earnings potential of Apprentices and the cost-benefits to the public sector and taxpayers. The Webinar also highlighted how Washington State has used funding for School to Registered Apprenticeship programs, non-traditional Apprenticeships, and Apprenticeships in high-demand industries. If you missed the Live Webinar, download the recorded version to hear from presenters on strategies for advancing Registered Apprenticeship to meet the 21st century workforce challenges facing the U.S. today. Speakers included Apprenticeship Administrator John Ladd, Deputy Director for the Washington State Workforce Training & Education Coordinating Board Bryan Wilson, and American University Professor of Economics and Urban Institute Fellow Bob Lerman.
In this video, Mike Rowe testifies before Congress and mentions Apprenticeship. Mike is a huge promoter of skilled trades and references his show, "Dirty Jobs," and the fact that his grandfather was a skilled tradesmen. Mike's testimony shows the need for a big publicity campaign for skilled trades to address the growing skills gap.
Leveraging Registered Apprenticeship as a Workforce Development Strategy for the Workforce Investment System
Toolkit and White Paper on Improving Transition Outcomes of Youth with Disabilities through Apprenticeship
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!
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.
Commentary in the August 14 Baltimore Sun from Robert P. Giloth with the Annie E. Casey Foundation and Maureen Conway with the Aspen Institute on the benefits of an expanded Registered Apprenticeship system on the US economy. Recommendations include increased apprenticeship integration in sector strategies, and policies that create an easy-to-use system for employers. Great read! Click the View Page Now button to the right to read the full article
The April 7 announcement of the Registered Apprenticeship-College Consortium by Vice President Joe Biden at the annual American Association of Community Colleges, held in Washington D.C. continues to garner great media coverage - this from Inside Higher Ed. Read the full article by clicking 'View Page Now' to the right.